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160. Larry Brown

You don't expect an eighth-round pick to become one of the best at his position in his first four seasons, but Larry Brown, the afterthought from Kansas State, did exactly that.  The new Washington Redskins Head Coach, Vince Lombardi pegged Brown, to become the starting Running Back, and he blossomed after Lombardi noticed that he was hearing impaired in one year, and he was permitted to get an audio device in his helmet to listen to his Quarterback's signals.  It proved to work as Brown would go to the Pro Bowl as a rookie, and the next three seasons, which included two First Team All-Pros.  He had an excellent 1970, winning the Rushing Title, but in 1972, he was the league leader in Yards From Scrimmage and Approximate Value and would win the MVP, Bert Bell Award, and Offensive Player of the Year.  More importantly, that year for the Redskins, he would take them to the Super Bowl in a loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Brown would beset with injuries and but he would play his entire career with Washington and would accumulate 8,360 Yards From Scrimmage with 55 Touchdowns.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Clairton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Friday, 01 January 1982
  • Position: Running Back
  • Played For: Washington Redskins
  • College: Fresno StateVanderbilt
  • Drafted: 8th Round, 191st Overall in 1969
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    MVP (1972)
    Bert Bell Award (1972)
    Offensive Player of the Year (1972)
    First Team All-Pro (1970 & 1972)
    Pro Bowl (1969, 1970, 1971 & 1972)
    Highest Approximate Value (1972)
    Most Rushing Yards (1970)
    Most Rushing Yards per Game (1970 & 1972)
    Most Touchdowns (1973)
    Most Yards From Scrimmage (1972)
    Super Bowl Rings (None)

  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten Finishes: Approximate Value (2) (1970 & 1972)

    Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Attempts (5) (1969, 1970, 1971, 1972 & 1973)

    Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Yards (4) (1969, 1970, 1971 & 1972)

    Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Touchdowns (2) (1972 & 1973)

    Top Ten Finishes: Yards per Rushing Attempt (2) (1969 & 1970)

    Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Yards per Game (4) (1969, 1970, 1971 & 1972)

    Top Ten Finishes: Touchdowns (2) (1972 & 1973)

    Top Ten Finishes: Yards From Scrimmage (5) 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972 & 1973)

    Top Ten Finishes: All-Purpose Yards (3) (1969, 1970 & 1972)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 77. Rushing Attempts: 1,530
    90. Rushing Yards per Game
    95. Rushing Yards: 5,875

Should Larry Brown be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 50%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 50%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%
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