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Rosey Brown

Roosevelt "Rosey" Brown, Jr. (October 20, 1932 – June 9, 2004) was an American football offensive lineman in the National Football League for the New York Giants from 1953 to 1965.

Brown was 1953 NFL Draft after being noticed by the Giants in the Pittsburgh Courier, an African-American newspaper that named him to their 1952 Black All-American team. On the offensive line, Brown pass blocked for quarterbacks Charlie Conerly and Y. A. Tittle and run blocked for backs like Alex Webster and Frank Gifford. Despite his 6'3", 255-pound frame, Brown was very quick on his feet which was very unusual for his era. He is considered one of the greatest "sleeper picks" in NFL history as he was drafted in 27th round of the NFL Draft.[1]

Brown was named to the Pro Bowl a total of nine times and helped the Giants win the NFL Championship in 1956.

Following the 1965 season, Brown retired, suffering from chronic phlebitis. He became the Giants' assistant offensive line coach in 1966 and was promoted to offensive line coach in 1969. He remained with the Giants organization in the scouting department for many years.

In 1975, Rosey Brown was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and in 1979, Brown was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.

In 1999, he was ranked number 57 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players.

See also

References

  1. ^ giants.com, Hall of Famers 1975-present, accessed January 12, 2007

External links

  • Rosey Brown at the Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • : Football's 100 Greatest Players: Roosevelt BrownThe Sporting News
  • ESPN obituary
  • Football cards
  • New York Times Obit

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