Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Tom "Rock of Gibralter" Brown

Tom "Rock of Gibralter" Brown


  • Position: Guard
  • School: Minnesota
  • High School: Minneapolis, MN (Central HS)
  • Years: 1958-1960
  • Inducted: 2003
  • Place of Birth: Albert Lea, MN
  • Date of Birth: Dec 05, 1936
  • Jersey Number: 69
  • Height: 5-11
  • Weight: 225

Member Biography

Tom Brown's 1960 season was one of the most remarkable seasons in college football history. As a member of the Golden Gophers he was part of a team that went from last place in the Big Ten the previous year, to winning the national championship and gaining a trip to the Rose Bowl. Individually, he finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting, the highest-ever placement for an interior lineman. While playing defense he was an immovable object who became known as the "Rock of Gibraltar." On offense, his coach Murray Warmath compared him to a "rolling boulder" in opening holes for Gopher ball carriers. He was best in big games, such as when Minnesota beat top-ranked Iowa. On defense, he stopped a Hawkeye drive deep in Minnesota territory with a five-yard tackle for loss. When the Gophers took possession, it was Brown who Minnesota ran behind in the 27-10 victory that put Minnesota on top of the polls. In addition to his Heisman near-miss, he won the Outland Trophy as the nation's best lineman. His other honors included unanimous All-America recogninition, and being the Big Ten Conference Most Valuable Player. After his collegiate career, he played professionally in the Canadian Football League.