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08-08-2007, 06:14 PM
Former Steelers QB Ed Brown dies at 78
By The Associated Press
Wednesday, August 8, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Ed Brown, a former NFL quarterback and a leader of the University of San Francisco's undefeated 1951 team, has died. He was 78.

Brown died last Thursday in Kennewick, Wash., of prostate cancer, according to his daughter, Brooke Brownie.

Brown played 12 NFL seasons, including eight with the Chicago Bears and nearly four more with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was the Bears' starting quarterback from 1955-59, playing in the 1956 NFL title game and earning a spot in two Pro Bowls while also serving as Chicago's punter.

Brown passed for 15,600 yards and 102 touchdowns in his NFL career, including a career-best 2,982 yards and 21 TDs for the Steelers in 1963.

Brown, who was born in North Carolina and attended high school in San Luis Obispo, led San Francisco to a 9-0 record in his senior year of 1951. He earned the nickname "All-Around Brown" while playing quarterback, kicker and punter for a team that included Pro Football Hall of Famers Gino Marchetti, Ollie Matson and Bob St. Clair.

The Dons then received praise for refusing to drop their two black players in order to receive a bowl bid, as was required by most major bowl games at the time. San Francisco shut down its football program after the season, citing the high costs.

Brown served two years in the Marines before joining the Bears as a sixth-round pick. After leaving the NFL in 1965, he ran a business for 13 years.

He is survived by sister Greta Gerrie, brother Clarence Brown, son Beau Brown, daughter Brooke Brownie and grandchildren Bria and Brynn Brownie.

Brown's funeral is Saturday at the Reif Mortuary in San Luis Obispo.


08-08-2007, 08:13 PM
RIP, Mr. Brown. My prayers go out for you and to your family.

08-08-2007, 09:28 PM
RIP Ed Brown.

08-08-2007, 09:32 PM

08-09-2007, 12:22 PM
RIP Ed Brown

08-09-2007, 12:47 PM
Thank you Don. RIP. God bless your family.

The Duke
08-09-2007, 03:18 PM
Damn, the best always die. RIP Brown

08-10-2007, 10:36 PM
Brown remembered as talented Steelers QB
By John Harris
Friday, August 10, 2007

Ed Brown fits in somewhere between Bobby Layne and Terry Bradshaw on the Steelers' all-time quarterback depth chart, so you can be excused for not remembering his football career in Pittsburgh more distinctly.

Brown, who died recently in Kennewick, Wash., of prostate cancer, had a knack for making big plays in the passing game before delivering the long ball was considered cool.

He was the Steelers' starting quarterback in 1963 and '64 and is the answer to a trivia question: What quarterback in NFL history with more than 15,000 passing yards has the highest yards-per-completion average?

Brown passed for 15,600 yards and 102 touchdowns in 12 NFL seasons, including eight with the Chicago Bears. His 16.44-yard average on only 949 career completions is the best in league history.

By the time Brown took the field as Layne's hand-picked successor following two Pro Bowl seasons with the Bears, he was pushing 35 and seemingly on the downside of his career.
Nevertheless, good, old No. 15, who joined the NFL two years late following a stint with the Marines, managed to crank up his arm to the tune of 168 for 362 passing for 2,982 yards, 21 touchdowns and 20 interceptions in 1963.

"Brown had a real good year,'' recalled Steelers chairman Dan Rooney, who is entering his 50th season with the organization. "He came in and backed up Bobby Layne and this was his first year as a starter.''

Brown, who was also a punter with Chicago, produced the eighth-best season for a quarterback in Steelers history. That same year he tied for fifth on the team's all-time list for most touchdown passes in a season and had four touchdowns in a win against Dallas. Bradshaw is the only Steeler to throw for more touchdowns in a season.

Coach Buddy Parker's Steelers went 7-4-3 with Brown at the helm in 1963. It followed a year in which the Steelers finished 9-5 and lost to Detroit in the now-defunct Playoff Bowl with Layne under center, and would be the team's last winning season until an 11-3 record with coach Chuck Noll in 1972.

Brown was the only Steelers quarterback with a winning record in the years spanning from Layne to Bradshaw, who led the '72 squad.

The '63 Steelers scored 321 points, a mark that stood until 1972 as the highest total in franchise history.

Brown's top receiving threat was Buddy Dial, who had 60 catches for 1,295 yards and nine touchdowns. Dial's 21.6 yards-per-catch average that season remains the highest in Steelers history for players with more than 40 catches.

Rooney said he believed Brown could have led the Steelers to the playoffs in '63, as Layne had done the year before. He pointed to a 33-17 loss to the New York Giants in the final game of the season in which the defense failed to get the ball back to the Steelers' high-scoring offense late in the contest.

"Brown was a big guy with a strong arm. He was capable,'' Rooney said. "If he had been with us the whole time, I think we would have won a lot of games. I think we could have even won the championship. He was that good for us.''


08-11-2007, 11:57 AM
RIP. He was one off the old school party animal-type players like Layne was.

08-11-2007, 01:24 PM