Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Dave Brown

Dave Brown


  • Position: Safety
  • School: Michigan
  • High School: Akron, OH (Garfield HS)
  • Years: 1972-1974
  • Inducted: 2007
  • Place of Birth: Akron, OH
  • Date of Birth: Jan 16, 1953
  • Place of Death: Lubbock, TX
  • Date of Death: Jan 10, 2006
  • Jersey Number: 6
  • Height: 6-1
  • Weight: 188

Member Biography

Dave Brown was the leader of one of the most successful and yet frustrating periods in Michigan football history. The Wolverines posted a 30-2-1 record, tied for three Big Ten conference titles and never went to a bowl game. The defensive units on which Brown played were consistent national leaders. He was twice on squads that gave up the fewest points-per-game in the country. The other team placed second. In 33 games played, his teams surrendered more than ten points in only five games and registered 11 shutouts. On the freshman team, Brown was used on both offense as a receiver and in the defensive secondary. When he joined the varsity, he was moved to the defensive secondary on a full-time basis. His offensive abilities were then used as a punt return specialist. As a sophomore, he averaged over 15 yards a return with one touchdown. Brown would have one score in each of this three seasons. He also added one TD on an interception return. He was recognized as an all-Big Ten player. In his junior year he became a consensus All-America choice. He improved his status to that of a unanimous choice as a senior. When he completed his career he held the school record for passes broken up. Dave was chosen in the first round of the NFL draft and went on to a 16-year pro career. He then embarked on a coaching career. While an assistant coach at Texas Tech he died at the age of 52.
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