PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Roger Brown, a Virginia Sports activities Corridor of Famer from Surry County who racked up 6 NFL Professional Bowl alternatives as a towering defensive sort out within the Nineteen Sixties, has died at age 84.
“It’s with nice disappointment that we inform you of the passing of our pricey Roger Brown,” wrote the workers of Brown’s namesake restaurant in Olde Towne Portsmouth. “Roger handed away this morning round 2:00am. The legacy he’s created has made him valued member of our group and he shall be deeply missed. These of us who’ve had the privilege of understanding and dealing with Roger have misplaced an expensive good friend and galvanizing mentor.”
Brown was a significant determine in Portsmouth and Hampton Roads, and recognized for his kindness and group involvement. In 2019, Portsmouth rolled out the red carpet to have fun his 82nd birthday.
Brown was born in 1937 in Surry County and grew up in Newport Information. He went on to play for Maryland State School (now College of Maryland-Japanese Shore). He was drafted forty second total within the 1960 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions and performed there from 1960 to 1966 earlier than ending his 10-year profession with the Los Angeles Rams. He was an integral a part of each groups’ “Fearsome Foursome.”
The towering 6-foot-5, 300-pound lineman began 124 of 138 video games in his NFL profession, amassing 78 sacks, 2 interceptions and three safeties. He was truly the first ever NFL player to regularly weigh over 300 pounds.
Brown was elected to the Virginia Sports activities Corridor of Fame in 1997 and the Lions’ Ring of Honor in 2018. He’s additionally within the College Football Hall of Fame and Maryland Sports activities Corridor of Fame.
Brown’s restaurant in Portsmouth says particulars on a celebration of life shall be launched quickly. You may e-mail your condolences to RememberingRogerBrown@gmail.com.
This can be a breaking article and shall be up to date. WAVY’s Sportswrap crew can have far more on Brown’s life arising tonight.