Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Roger Brown

Roger Brown


  • Position: Tackle
  • School: Maryland Eastern Shore
  • Years: 1956-1959
  • Inducted: 2009
  • Place of Birth: Surry County, VA
  • Date of Birth: May 01, 1937
  • Height: 6-5

Member Biography

A standout at Maryland-Eastern Shore, Roger Brown was a massive lineman for his era. In fact, when he entered the pro ranks he may have been one of the first 300-pound plus players. Despite his size, Brown had the stamina and athletic ability to still play in the demanding one-platoon era. On defense he anchored the Hawks defensive line that held its opponents to 7.3 points per game over his four-year career. Brown led the Hawks to the CIAA title in 1957 and was twice named an NAIA All-American in 1958 and 1959. A two-time Pittsburgh Courier Negro All-American selection, the Hawks posted a 24-5-1 record and outscored their opponents 693 to 213 during his career. Drafted in the fourth round by the Detroit Lions in 1960, Brown was named the 1962 National Football League Pro Lineman of the Year and was selected to the Pro Bowl six times. Brown played six seasons with the Lions before being traded to the Los Angeles Rams in 1967 and becoming a member of the Ram's "Fearsome Foursome".