American Football Database
American Football Database
For Admiral John H. "Babe" Brown, Jr., see John Brown (American football, born 1891).
John Brown
Date of birth: (1939-06-09) June 9, 1939 (age 82)
Place of birth: Camden, New Jersey
Career information
Position(s): Tackle
College: Syracuse
NFL Draft: 1961 / Round: 4 / Pick: 55
 As player:
Cleveland Browns
Pittsburgh Steelers
Playing stats at

John C. Brown (born June 9, 1939) is a former American football tackle who played 10 seasons for two National Football League teams: the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played tackle at Syracuse University alongside Ernie Davis. He experienced a great deal of discrimination.

Brown played high school football at Camden High School in his hometown.[1] His son Ernie Davis Brown also played football for Syracuse University as a tackle in the early 1990s. He played briefly for the Pittsburgh Steelers and married his college sweetheart.

In the 2008 film The Express, Brown, referred to as Jack Buckley, was portrayed by Omar Benson Miller.


  1. profile, database Football. Accessed August 16, 2007.