rbrown.jpgRoosevelt “Rosey” Brown, a former offensive lineman for the New York Giants, died on June 9. Cause of death was not released. He was 71.
Born in Charlottesville, Va., Brown was playing the trombone in his high school band when the football coach decided to turn the 180-pound, 13-year-old into an athlete. By the time he graduated, Brown had earned a football scholarship to Morgan State University in Baltimore.
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound player was a 27th-round draft pick in 1953. Selected by the New York Giants, Brown started for 13 straight seasons and helped the team reach six NFL championship games. Hobbled by hip and knee injuries in 1966, Brown became a coach of the Giants’ offensive line. In 1971, he hit the road as a professional scout.
Brown was voted to the All-NFL team for eight consecutive seasons, selected as the league’s Lineman of the Year in 1956 and named to the NFL’s 75th anniversary team. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1975.