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97.  Roger Brown
It is alleged that Roger Brown was the first legitimate 300 pounder in the National Football League.  Nowadays, this is common place, but it was Brown who proved that a much larger man could be very much athletic.  It is also a amazing that someone so big could be forgotten so quick.

Brown was good, but he played alongside other greats of the sport.  As a Detroit Lion, he played with Alex Karras got all the headlines.  Later he would become a Los Angeles Ram and would be the fourth cog of the Ram’s Fearsome Foursome defense behind the big names of Deacon Jones and Merlin Olsen.  Roger Brown may not have turned his name into a household one, but his size and skill made him one of the most feared Defensive Lineman in the league and his Pro Bowls were earned and not by riding the coat tails of his more famous teammates.

What would Roger Brown’s legacy be if he was the featured defensive star of his team?  He was good enough to have been, but circumstances blessed him to play with greats, but cursed him to be in their shadows.

Should Roger Brown be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 47.8%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 34.8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 8.7%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 8.7%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Surrey County, Virginia, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Wednesday, 01 January 1975
  • Position: Defensive Tackle
  • Played For: Detroit Lions, Los Angeles Rams
  • College: Maryland Eastern Shore
  • Drafted: 4th Round, 42nd Overall in 1960
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Pro Bowl Selections (6) (1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966 & 1967)
    First Team All-Pro Selection (2) (1962 & 1963)
    Second Team All-Pro Selection (3) (1969, 1970 & 1976)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: Approximate Value (1) (1962)
    Top Ten Finishes: Fumble Recoveries (2) (1965 & 1968)
    Top Ten Finishes: Fumble Recovery Yards (1) (1961)

Should Roger Brown be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 47.8%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 34.8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 8.7%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 8.7%
Last modified on Saturday, 11 May 2019 11:17

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