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Ed Brown (quarterback)

Ed Brown
Brown on a 1955 Bowman football card
No. 15
Position: Quarterback, Punter
Personal information
Date of birth: (1928-10-26)October 26, 1928
Place of birth: San Luis Obispo, California
Date of death: August 2, 2007(2007-08-02) (aged 78)
Place of death: Kennewick, Washington
Career information
College: San Francisco
NFL draft: 1952 / Round: 6 / Pick: 68
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
TD-INT: 102-138
Yards: 15,600
QB Rating: 62.8
Stats at

Charles Edward Brown (October 26, 1928 – August 2, 2007) was an American football quarterback and punter in the National Football League.


  • Prior to the NFL 1
  • NFL career 2
    • Chicago Bears Years 2.1
    • With the Steelers 2.2
  • Death 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Prior to the NFL

Brown went to high school in San Luis Obispo, California, and Hartnell College in Salinas, California. He played for the University of San Francisco Dons through 1951. On his senior year (1951), he quarterbacked the Dons to an undefeated 9-0 season, but the team did not receive a Bowl invitation, largely due to racism towards the black players on the team. Despite the increasing integration of college and pro football, the major bowls that year did not select teams that had black players, or they asked the teams to not bring their black players. The Dons refused to send a white-only squad, so they were snubbed. The 1951 Dons featured Ollie Matson and Burl Toler, both superb players who happened to be African-American. Matson played with great success in the NFL and made the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Toler went on to become the first black official in the NFL. The 1951 Dons are sometimes considered the greatest collection of players ever on one college team. Besides Matson, Toler, and Brown, the Dons had Gino Marchetti, Bob St. Clair, Dick Stanfel, and five other players who made the NFL. In addition, the Dons' head coach Joe Kuharich went on to coach in the NFL and the Dons' athletic news director (publicist) was none other than Pete Rozelle. Despite their great success (or maybe because of it), USF discontinued its football program after the 1951 season due to the high cost of running a top-notch football team.

NFL career

Chicago Bears Years

Brown was drafted by Baltimore Colts. Brown played better, throwing for 1,418 yards and 10 touchdowns. Brown again had a good year in 1959 but the Bears finished at 8-4 again, again second behind Baltimore. Brown passed for a career high 1,881 yards and 13 touchdowns. By 1960, Brown began to slow up and fall out of favor with Halas, so Bratkowski got more and more playing time. Brown completed only 40% of his passes that year as the Bears finished in fifth. In 1961, Brown was benched in favor of newly acquired Billy Wade. Throughout his years with the Bears (except 1961), Brown was their starting punter, leading the league in punts attempted in 1959 with 64.

With the Steelers

Before the 1962 season, Brown was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers where he remained a back-up, now to Bobby Layne. Brown got another chance to start in 1963 for the Steelers and, still specializing in the long-ball, had his biggest numbers, completing 168 of 362 passes for 2,982 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 20 interceptions. The next year, 1964, Brown played his last year as a starter, throwing for 1,990 yards for the mediocre Steelers. He played one more season as a backup, was waived and picked up by Baltimore late in the season. Brown played in the season finale behind running back Tom Matte who was filling in at quarterback after injuries to both Johnny Unitas and Gary Cuozzo. Brown completed 3 of 5 passes, including an 81-yard touchdown. He was ineligible under existing rules to play in the Colts playoff loss to eventual champion Green Bay. Brown retired after the 1965 season. Brown also punted for the Steelers, starting each year except his last. Brown finished with 949 completions, 1,987 attempts, 15,600 yards, 102 touchdown passes, and 138 interceptions. He rushed for 960 yards and 14 touchdowns during his career. Brown also finished with 498 punts and a 40.5 yard average per punt. At the end of 2006, Brown ranked 137 on the all-time


Brown died on August 2, 2007 in Kennewick, Washington of prostate cancer.[1]


  1. ^ "Former NFL quarterback Ed Brown dies at 78".  

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from • Pro-Football-Reference
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