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96. Gene Brito

A late round draft pick by the Washington Redskins from Loyola Marymount in 1951, Gene Brito would play on both sides of the ball in his first two seasons.   The End was certainly solid in his role, but by 1953, Brito was focused on the Left Defensive End position and was chosen for his first Pro Bowl. 

Brito would have another four-year streak of Pro Bowls (1955-58) and likely would have netted another one in 1954 had he been in the league (he opted to play in the Canadian Football League with the Calgary Stampeders instead) and in 1955 the Washington D.C. Touchdown Club named him the NFL Player of the Year.   Brito was so beloved in Washington that he was one of the first players to host a local television show while still as an active athlete.

The defensive star would play his final two years with the Los Angeles Rams.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Saturday, 01 January 1966
  • Position: Defensive End, End
  • Played For: Los Angeles Rams, Washington Redskins
  • College: Arkansas Tech
  • Drafted: 17th Round, 196th Overall in 1951
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    First Team All-Pro (1955, 1956 & 1957)
    Second Team All-Pro (1958)
    Pro Bowl (1953, 1955, 1956, 1957 & 1958)

  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten Finishes: Fumble Return Yards (1) (1958)

Should Gene Brito be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 25%
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! - 25%
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