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Larry Brown (running back)

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Lawrence Brown Jr born September 19, 1947 is a former professional American football player in the National Football League NFL who played running back for the Washington Redskins from 1969 to 1976

Raised in nearby Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he graduated from Schenley High School, his original interest being in baseball He later developed an overriding interest in football and played college football in Kansas at Dodge City Community College and Kansas State University in Manhattan


  • 1 Professional career
  • 2 Post-football career
  • 3 Charitable activities
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Professional career

Brown's eight-year professional career was spent exclusively with the Washington Redskins The team had selected him as an afterthought, in the eighth round of the 1969 NFL/AFL draft in January Though Washington was primarily a passing team, starring All-Pro quarterback Sonny Jurgensen, and in 1967, they had the NFL's first Charley Taylor, second tight end Jerry Smith and fourth ranked receivers in passes caught, they needed a productive rusher Brown was an unlikely candidate, having served as a blocking back for Cornelius Davis at Kansas State, where the sophomore quarterback, Lynn Dickey, broke all school passing records Brown had not been widely recruited in high school His strongest feeler came from Howard University in Washington, DC, but upon visiting its campus, he noted the lopsided football scores against the university's teams posted on past schedules in the school's athletic building

In 1969, newly arrived Redskins head coach Vince Lombardi noticed Brown, a talented but underperforming running back He made the 5 ft 11 in 180 m, 195-pound 88 kg rookie his starter, but noticed Brown was starting slightly late behind the snap of the ball Tests ordered by Lombardi determined that Brown was hearing-impaired in one ear, and that he was watching for the lineman to move rather than listening to the quarterback's snap count After getting approval from the league Commissioner's office, Lombardi had Brown's helmet fitted with an ear-piece that relayed quarterback Sonny Jurgensen's snap counts, improving Brown's responsiveness, thus allowing him to hit the hole very quickly Brown's other rookie obstacle was his training camp propensity to fumble Lombardi ordered Brown to carry a football everywhere he went at the team's training camp in Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Brown had an impressive rookie season during which Brown was largely the reason Washington posted a record of 7-5-2, their first winning record since 1955 He had rushed for 888 yards, a team record Lombardi died of cancer during the preseason of Brown's second year Brown went to four consecutive Pro Bowls during his first four seasons and led the Redskins to their Super Bowl VII appearance against the "perfect season" Miami Dolphins in January 1973 Brown was the National Football League's Most Valuable Player in 1972 He was noted for his courageous running style despite his relative small style, courage he attributed to having been raised on the tough streets of Pittsburgh's Hill District, and playing tackle football in those streets He was also noted for his abilities to break tackles, and gain yardage after contact, which announcers called "second effort"

He finished in the top five of the league for rushes five times, rushing yards three times, yards from scrimmage three times and total touchdowns twice Brown was the first Redskins running back to gain more than 1,000 yards in a single season He achieved that feat twice in a career that ran from 1969 to 1976 In an eight-year career, Brown was selected to play in the Pro Bowl in 1969, 1970, 1971, and 1972 He has been voted one of the 70 Greatest Redskins of All Time He was selected as the Washington, DC Touchdown Club Player of the Year in 1972

Brown carried the ball 1,530 times in his career gaining 5,875 yards His best seasons were in 1972 when he gained 1,216 yards and in 1970 when he gained 1,125 yards He rushed for 100 yards or more 21 times and rushed for 100 yards or more in six games in 1970 and six games in 1972 He also scored four rushing touchdowns in one game against the Eagles on December 16, 1973 On October 29, 1972, he ran for 190 yards in a game against the New York Giants Brown wrote an autobiography entitled "I'll Always Get Up"

Brown's career was cut short due to numerous injuries, and his jersey number, 43, while not officially retired, has not been issued to any other Redskins player since his retirement

The Professional Football Researchers Association named Brown to the PRFA Hall of Very Good Class of 2014

Post-football career

Brown is currently a Vice President of NAI Michael Commercial Real Estate Services After retiring from football in 1976, he was employed at EF Hutton as a Personal Financial Management Advisor

For 12 years, Brown was employed by Xerox Corporation with responsibilities for business and community relations

He has served on the Board of Directors of Mellon Bank MD, the Board of Visitors of George Mason University, the Board of Associates of Gallaudet University the Board of Directors of the Greater Washington, DC Sports Authority, and a Delegate to Japan with the American Council of Young Political Leaders

Charitable activities

Brown has been active over many years in charitable activities for the Redskins and other non-profit organizations in the Washington, DC area, including the Prince George's County Special Olympics the National Council on Disability, Friends of the National Zoo Advisory Committee, the Coalition for the Homeless, the Capital Children's Museum, and the Washington Redskins Charity Golf Classic

He makes regular appearances at Redskins alumni events


  1. ^ a b "Larry Brown doesn't like comparisons with others" Observer-Reporter Washington, Pennsylvania Associated Press January 5, 1973 p B4 
  2. ^ Stellino, Vito January 3, 1973 "Lombardi shaped Larry Brown's career" Beaver County Times Pennsylvania UPI p D3 
  3. ^ "Redskins' Larry Brown runs scared" Southeast Missourian Cape Girardeau Associated Press October 25, 1972 p 13 
  4. ^ Bernstein, Ralph December 15, 1972 "Redskins' Larry Brown is presented Bert Bell Award as top gridder of the year" Gettysburg Times Pennsylvania Associated Press p 15 
  5. ^ Archived September 1, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Professional Researchers Association Hall of Very Good Class of 2014" Retrieved November 10, 2016 
  7. ^ a b "Lanham, MD - Commercial Real Estate Services > Home" Naimichaelcom Retrieved 2015-04-25 
  8. ^ "Full Service Sports Marketing Agency" Schultesportscom Retrieved 2015-04-25 
  9. ^ Archived July 16, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Matt Terl "The Redskins Blog | Bruce Allen's Speech From The Return To Glory Event" Blogredskinscom Retrieved 2015-04-25 

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from NFLcom  Pro-Football-Reference  Databasefootballcom

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