Willie Brown

Willie Brown

Original Name William Ferdie Brown
Birth
Yazoo City, Yazoo County, Mississippi, USA
Death 21 Oct 2019 (aged 78)
Tracy, San Joaquin County, California, USA
Burial Tracy, San Joaquin County, California, USA
Memorial ID 204061108 · View Source
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Hall of Fame Professional Football Player. He played the cornerback position for both the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders of the American and National Football Leagues from 1963 to 1978. He played college football at Grambling State University, but was not drafted by any professional football team after leaving school. He signed with Houston Oilers of the American Football League in 1963, but was cut during training camp. He went on to sign with the Denver Broncos that same year and played for them for the next four years. While with the Broncos, he was named to the First team All-AFL in 1964 and Second team All-AFL in 1965. He also played in the AFL All-Star Game twice as a member of the Broncos. In 1967, he was traded to the Oakland Raiders and played for them for the next twelve years before retiring after the 1978 season. While with the Raiders, he served as defensive captain for 10 of his 12 years with the team. He was named to three more AFL All-Star Games, four Pro Bowls, and was both a two-time First and Second-team All-Pro. He was a part of the Raiders' Super Bowl II and XI teams and returned an interception 75 yards for a touchdown in the team's Super Bowl XI victory against the Minnesota Vikings. His career statistics included 54 interceptions for 472 yards and 2 touchdowns. In 1979, he became the defensive backfield coach for the Raiders and served in this position until 1988. He later had brief stints as a head coach at Long Beach State University in 1991 and Jordan High School (Los Angeles, California) in 1994. In 1995, he returned to the Raiders as Director of Staff Development and worked in this position until his passing. He was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1984. He was also honored by being named to both the AFL All-Time Team and the NFL 1970s All-Decade Team.

Bio by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye
  • Added: 22 Oct 2019
  • Find A Grave Memorial 204061108
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Willie Brown (2 Dec 1940–21 Oct 2019), Find A Grave Memorial no. 204061108, citing Tracy Mausoleum, Tracy, San Joaquin County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .