Robert Brazile

Linebacker

Robert Brazile

10 Seasons
147 Games
7 Pro Bowls
1970s All-Decade Team
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(Jackson State)...6'4'', 241...1st round draft pick, sixth overall, by the Oilers in 1975 NFL Draft ... Draft choice obtained in trade with Kansas City Chiefs that also included the acquisition of Hall of Fame defensive tackle Curley Culp … Held team record with 147 straight games played … Also started seven playoff games … Made instant impact on defense as a rookie and helped Houston to 10-4 record for first winning season in eight years … Earned Defensive Rookie of the Year Honors … Team leader that helped transform franchise highlighted by three straight playoff appearances, 1978-1980 … Helped Oilers to three consecutive 10-win seasons (10-6 in 1978, 11-5 in 1979, 11-5 in 1980) … Registered career-best 185 tackles (95 solo, 98 assisted) during 1978 season … Started at outside linebacker in back-to-back AFC Championship Game appearances (1978-79) … Recorded nine tackles and one fumble recovery in 1978 AFC Championship Game … Spectacular pass rusher; recorded career-best 6.5 sacks in 1976 and 1980 … Career statistics include 13 interceptions, 14 fumble recoveries … All-Pro five straight seasons, 1976-1980 ... Selected to seven Pro Bowls … Named to NFL’s All-Decade Team of 1970s … Born February 7, 1953 in Mobile, Alabama.

BIO

Robert Brazile Houston Oilers

Robert Brazile was a preeminent linebacker in the NFL during a career that spanned from 1975 to 1984 with the Houston Oilers. A consensus All-American at Jackson State, he was drafted by the Oilers in the first round (sixth player overall) of the 1975 NFL Draft. He lived up to the high expectations and was named to multiple All-Rookie teams and earned Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year honors.

Noted for his size (6-4, 241 pounds) and speed (4.6 in the 40), Brazile had a reputation as a tremendous hitter and earned the nickname “Dr. Doom” by his peers.

He continued to dominate at the linebacker position and was a leading force on an Oilers defense that helped the team to three consecutive 10-win seasons (10-6 in 1978, 11-5 in 1979, 11-5 in 1980). Houston advanced to back-to-back AFC title game appearances in 1978 and 1979. Leading the way was Brazile who finished second on the team in tackles and was named by the NFLPA as the top linebacker in the AFC in each of those seasons. He recorded a career-best 185 tackles (95 solo, 98 assisted) during the 1978 season and had nine tackles and one fumble recovery in 1978 AFC Championship Game.

Brazile started every game of his 10-year career with the Oilers and his 147 consecutive games were the most in Oilers history at the time of his retirement in 1984. He had 13 career interceptions for 201 yards and made 14 fumble recoveries. He amassed 11 sacks during the last three years of his career (1982-84), once sacks became an official statistic in 1982.

Brazile was named first-team All-Pro five times (1976, 1977, 1978, 1979 and 1980) and was elected to seven consecutive Pro Bowls (1977-1983). He is a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1970s.

STATS

Robert Brazile's Stats

 

 

 

Interceptions

Year

Team

G

No.

Yds.

Avg.

TD

1975

Houston

14

0

0

0.0

0

1976

Houston

14

1

8

8.0

0

1977

Houston

14

3

40

13.3

0

1978

Houston

16

1

30

30.0

0

1979

Houston

16

2

45

22.5

0

1980

Houston

16

2

38

19.0

0

1981

Houston

16

2

7

3.5

0

1982

Houston

9

1

31

31.0

0

1983

Houston

16

0

0

0.0

0

1984

Houston

16

1

2

2.0

0

Career Total

147

13

201

15.5

0

 

Additional Career Statistics: Sacks: 11.0



CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

Robert Brazile's Championship Games

1978 AFC – Pittsburgh Steelers 34, Houston Oilers 5
Brazile started at outside linebacker. He had nine tackles and one fumble recovery.

1979 AFC – Pittsburgh Steelers 27, Houston Oilers 13
Brazile started at outside linebacker. He had three tackles and two assists.



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Robert Brazile's Career Highlights

All-League Teams

All-Pro: 1976 (PFWA)  ·  1977 (NEA)  ·  1978 (AP, PFWA, NEA, PW)  ·  1979 (AP, PFWA, NEA, PW)  ·  1980 (PFWA, NEA, SN, PW) 

All-Pro Second Team: 1976 (AP)  ·  1977 (AP)  ·  1980 (AP)  ·  1981 (AP) 

All-AFC: 1976 (UPI, SN, PW)  ·  1978 (UPI, SN, PW)  ·  1979 (UPI, SN, PW)  ·  1980 (UPI, PW)  ·  1982 (UPI)  

All-AFC Second Team: 1975 (UPI)  ·  1977 (UPI)  ·  1981 (UPI)

 

Pro Bowls

(7) – 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983

 

Team Records

Oilers records held by Brazile
(Records through the 1984 season, Brazile’s final season with Houston)

  • [1st] Most Consecutive Games, Career – 147
  • [3rd] Most Career Games – 147

 

Team Statistical Titles

Team Statistical Championships
Interceptions Titles: 1982

 

Awards and Honors

• 1975 Defensive Rookie of the Year (AP)
• 1970s All-Decade Team

 

Year-by-Year Team Records

1975     Houston Oilers.................. 10-4-0   (3rd)

1976     Houston Oilers.................... 5-9-0   (4th)

1977     Houston Oilers.................... 8-6-0   (2nd)

1978     Houston Oilers................. 10-6-0   (2nd)

1979     Houston Oilers................. 11-5-0   (2nd)

1980     Houston Oilers................. 11-5-0   (2nd)

1981     Houston Oilers.................... 7-9-0   (3rd)

1982     Houston Oilers.................... 1-8-0   (13th*)

1983     Houston Oilers.................. 2-14-0   (4th)

1984     Houston Oilers.................. 3-13-0   (4th)

 * AFC regular season finish in strike-shortened season.

 (Division Finish in Parentheses)                

CAREER CAPSULE

Robert Brazile's Career Capsule

Full Name: Robert Lorenzo Brazile, Jr.

Birthdate: February 7, 1953

Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama

High School: C.F. Vigor (Prichard, AL)

Pro Career: 10 seasons, 147 games

Drafted: 1st round (6th player overall) in 1975 by Houston