Roosevelt Brown
No. 79     
Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1932-10-20)October 20, 1932
Charlottesville, Virginia
Date of death: June 9, 2004(2004-06-09) (aged 71)
Mansfield Township, New Jersey
Career information
College: Morgan State
NFL Draft: 1953 / Round: 27 / Pick: 321
Debuted in 1953 for the New York Giants
Last played in 1965 for the New York Giants
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Stats at
Pro Football Hall of Fame

Roosevelt "Rosey" Brown, Jr. (October 20, 1932 – June 9, 2004) was an American football offensive lineman in the National Football League for the New York Giants from 1953 to 1965.


Brown was drafted by the Giants out of Morgan State University in the 1953 NFL Draft after being noticed by the Giants in the Pittsburgh Courier, an African-American newspaper that named him to their 1952 Black All-American team. On the offensive line, Brown pass blocked for quarterbacks Charlie Conerly and Y. A. Tittle and run blocked for backs like Alex Webster and Frank Gifford. Despite his 6'3", 255-pound frame, Brown was very quick on his feet which was very unusual for his era. He is considered one of the greatest "sleeper picks" in NFL history as he was drafted in 27th round of the NFL Draft.[1]

Brown was named to the Pro Bowl a total of nine times and helped the Giants win the NFL Championship in 1956.

Following the 1965 season, Brown retired, suffering from chronic phlebitis. He became the Giants' assistant offensive line coach in 1966 and was promoted to offensive line coach in 1969. He remained with the Giants organization in the scouting department for many years.

In 1999, he was ranked number 57 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players.

See also


  1., Hall of Famers 1975-present, accessed January 12, 2007

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