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07-16-2009, 07:48 PM
Hall of Famer Pat Brady dies at 83
By Guy Clifton gclifton@rgj.com July 16, 2009

Pat Brady was a big man whose booming punts for the University of Nevada and the Pittsburgh Steelers are still talked about more than a half century later.

The University of Nevada Hall of Famer, who died Tuesday in Reno at age 83 after a lengthy battle with lymphoma, also was remembered as a loving family man, an avid outdoorsman with a propensity to bring home stray puppies, a civic leader and public servant.

Brady was a longtime executive at the Reno Printing Company and co-owned the Bonanza Casino for more than 25 years. In 1971, he was appointed the Nevada State Printer by then-Gov. Mike O'Callaghan. He also was on the Nevada Boxing Commission and a longtime trustee of the Reno National Championship Air Races.

He had a lifelong loyalty to the University of Nevada.

"Pat was one fine man," Nevada coach Chris Ault said. "He always represented our university well and he always had a passion for Wolf Pack football."

A native of Seattle, Brady came to Nevada in 1949 as a quarterback and punter. In 1950, the Wolf Pack had a dismal 1-9 season, but Brady turned in one of its few highlights. In a game against Loyola, Calif., he set an NCAA record with a 99-yard punt -- a record that can be tied but never broken.

He was inducted into the Nevada Athletic Hall of Fame in 1979 and named the punter on the university's "Team of the Century" in 1998.

In 1952, Brady joined the Pittsburgh Steelers as a punter and backup quarterback after impressing Steelers founder Art Rooney and his brother, Jim, in training camp.

"We just lost a great friend and a great Steeler," Steelers owner Art Rooney II said Wednesday. "He was a great guy with a wonderful family. He was a favorite of my dad and his brothers and our whole family."

Brady was second in the league in punting in 1952 and led the league in 1953 and 1954.

"He was the best punter I ever saw," said Roy McHugh, 94, a longtime sports columnist for the Pittsburgh Press. "He kicked them a mile high."

In a preseason game before the start of the 1955 season, Brady had to jump for a bad snap and tore his Achilles tendon when he landed. It was a career-ending injury.

He was named to the Steelers' 50th Anniversary Team in 1982 and to its 75th anniversary "Legends Team" in 2007.

After the injury, he returned to Reno and worked for his father-in-law, Harry Frost, at the Reno Printing Company.

Brady also was an avid outdoorsman.

"He had a great love for the wildlife and the mountains and streams of Nevada," said his son, Pat Jr.

His daughter, Mary, said her father was always bringing home stray puppies that he found.

Brady is survived by his wife of 58 years, Odile; children Mary, Joanna, Pat Jr., Elizabeth and Bill; 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

A rosary will be recited at Walton's Funeral Home, 875 W. Second St. at 5 p.m. Sunday. Mass will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Snows Catholic Church, 1138 Wright St., followed by burial at Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Nevada Humane Society or Nevada Ducks Unlimited.

07-16-2009, 10:18 PM
Never heard of him until now, but this is a sad day for the Steeler Nation. Rest in peace Pat Brady.

(It's amazing what you can accomplish in 3 years in the NFL. Just looked him up, and Pat Brady got into the HOF in his 3 years!)

07-16-2009, 11:16 PM
He is long before my time too but he was a good Steeler so I thought he deserved to have his passing honored by Steeler Nation.

Galax Steeler
07-17-2009, 03:41 AM
R.I.P Pat Brady.

07-17-2009, 08:16 AM
I have the early 50's Bowman cards of him. R.I.P. sir.