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20. 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

  • Position: Defensive End
  • Acquired: Selected in the 17th Round, 196th Overall in the NFL Draft 1/19/51
  • Departed:

    Joined the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL after the 1953 Season.

    Acquired (2): Returned from the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL before the 1955 Season. 

    Departed (2): Signed with the Los Angeles Rams after the 1958 Season.

  • Games Played: 84
  • Notable Statistics:

    83 Games Started
    47 Receptions
    618 Receiving Yards
    2 Receiving Touchdowns
    1 Interception
    6 Interception Return Yards
    11 Fumble Recoveries
    23 Fumble Recovery Yards
    7 Kick Returns
    50 Kick Return Yards

    No Playoff Games

  • Played For: Washington Redskins
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

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

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