ROOSEVELT BROWN

ROOSEVELT BROWN

Class of 1975
Offensive Tackle >>> 6-3, 255
(Morgan State)
1953-1965 New York Giants

Roosevelt Brown, Jr ... Black All-American at Morgan State, 1951-1952 ... Giants' 27th pick in 1953 draft ... Joined Giants as green 20-year old ... Quickly won starting role, held it for 13 seasons ... Excellent downfield blocker, classic pass protector, fast, mobile ... All-NFL eight straight years, 1956-1963 ... Played in nine Pro Bowl games ... Named NFL's Lineman of Year, 1956 ... Born October 20, 1932, in Charlottesville, Virginia ... Died June 9, 2004, at age of 71.

In the 1953 National Football League Draft, the New York Giants selected a 1952 Black All-America tackle from little-known Morgan State College in the 27th round. His name was Roosevelt Brown and his youth and relative inexperience were obvious when he joined the Giants for his first summer training camp.

But even in the very early stages, Giants coach Steve Owen liked what he saw in Brown – his 6-3, 255-pound size, his powerful arms, his trim 29-inch waistline, his willingness to work hard and his ability to learn. So Rosey Brown, a true “sleeper pick” got his chance to make the Giants squad and he made it big. Soon he was the starting left offensive tackle and it was a job he held for 13 years until he retired following the 1965 season.

Rosey was a classic pass blocker and, on running plays, he could make the blocks that opened gaping holes in the enemy ranks. And he could do something few tackles are called upon to do – pull and lead on wide ground plays such as a pitchout to the halfback.

During the height of Rosey's career, the Giants were enjoying an unusual string of successes with six divisional crowns and one NFL title in an eight-year stretch. While no one player can be credited with the Giants' great victory ride, Rosey deserves as much credit as anyone. For eight straight years, he was a virtually unanimous All-NFL choice and was named to nine Pro Bowls. In the 1956 NFL Championship Game, Rosey handled the vaunted Chicago Bears' defenses so well that he awarded Lineman of the Game honors. In 1975, Rosey Brown became only the second player to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on the merits of his offensive line play alone.

Season Team
G
1953 New York
12
1954 New York
12
1955 New York
12
1956 New York
12
1957 New York
12
1958 New York
11
1959 New York
12
1960 New York
12
1961 New York
14
1962 New York
13
1963 New York
13
1964 New York
13
1965 New York
14
Career Total
162
Additional Career Statistics: Kickoff Returns: 5-32; Fumble Recoveries: 5

Full Name: Roosevelt Brown, Jr.

Birthdate: October 20, 1932

Birthplace: Charlottesville, Virginia

Died: June 9, 2004

High School: Jefferson (Charlottesville, VA)

Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame: January 11, 1975

Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame: August 2, 1975

Presenter: Talmadge L. Hill, Brown's Coach at Morgan St.

Other Members of Class of 1975: George Connor, Dante Lavelli, Lenny Moore

Pro Career: 13 seasons, 162 games

Drafted: 27th round (321st overall) by New York Giants

Uniform Number: 79

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