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Roger Brown


Roger Lee Brown

Inducted 2009

Date of Birth



Surry County, VA


University of Maryland Eastern Shore (1956-1959)


A standout at Maryland-Eastern Shore, Roger Brown was a massive linemen for his era. In fact, when he entered the pro ranks he may have been one of the first 300-pound plus players. Despite his size, Brown had the stamina and athletic ability to still play in the demanding one-platoon era. On defense, he anchored the Hawks defensive line that held its opponents to 7.3 points per game over his four-year career. Brown led the Hawks to the CIAA title in 1957 and was twice named an NAIA All-America in 1958 and 1959. A two-time Pittsburgh Courier Negro All-America selection, the Hawks posted a 24-5-1 record and outscored their opponents 693 to 213 during his career. Drafted in the fourth round by the Detroit Lions in 1960, Brown was named the 1962 National Football League Pro Lineman of the Year and was selected to the Pro Bowl six times. Brown played six seasons with the Lions before being traded to the Los Angeles Rams in 1967 and becoming a member of the Ram's "Fearsome Foursome."


Height 6'5

Weight 295

Career Highlights

  • 1959 All-Conference
  • 1959 First Team All-America (NAIA, HBCU)
  • 1958 All-Conference
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