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Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1936-04-17)April 17, 1936
Place of birth: Springfield, Massachusetts
Date of death: October 21, 1999(1999-10-21) (aged 63)
Place of death: Washington, D.C.
Career information
College: Michigan State
NFL Draft: 1959 / Round: 3 / Pick: 35
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Cleveland Browns ( 1959)
Career highlights and awards
Games played     142
Fumble recoveries     4
Stats at
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Francis Joseph O'Brien (April 17, 1936 – October 21, 1999) was an American football offensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL) who played for the Cleveland Browns (1959), the Washington Redskins (1960–66) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (1966–68). He played college football at Michigan State University.

Early lifeEdit

O'Brien was born in Springfield, Massachusetts and raised in Holyoke, Massachusetts, where attended Holyoke High School.[1]

College careerEdit

O'Brien attended and played college football at Michigan State University.

Professional careerEdit

O'Brien was selected in the third round (35th overall) of the 1959 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. After playing for the Browns for one season, he was traded to the Washington Redskins and played for Washington from 1960 to 1966. In 1966, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he played for three seasons.

Restaurant businessEdit

After retiring from football, O'Brien owned and operated restaurants in Annapolis, Maryland, Washington, D. C., and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.[1] These restaurants became very popular, especially with politicians and lobbyists.

Personal lifeEdit

O'Brien married to his wife, Elizabeth, in 1965 and they had two children. He died on October 21, 1999 of a heart attack at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D. C..[1]


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