Ross Browner
No. 79     
Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1954-03-22) March 22, 1954 (age 65)
Place of birth: Warren, Ohio
High School: Warren (OH) Western Reserve
Career information
College: Notre Dame
NFL Draft: 1978 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
Debuted in 1978 for the Cincinnati Bengals
Career history
*Cincinnati Bengals (1978–1986)
Career highlights and awards
* Outland Trophy (1976)
Stats at
College Football Hall of Fame

Ross Dean Browner (born March 22, 1954) is a former American football defensive end who played ten seasons in the NFL, mainly for the Cincinnati Bengals. He is the father of former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Max Starks, and brother of Keith Browner. Ross Browner was named to the Cincinnati Bengals 40th Anniversary Team in 2007.

College years Edit

Ross Browner was one of the most decorated defensive players in the history of College Football. At the University of Notre Dame he was a four-year starter at defensive end in 1973 and 1975-77.[1] He was a unanimous All-America his junior and senior seasons of 1976 and 1977. In 1976 he won the Outland trophy as the nation's best interior or defensive lineman also in 1976 United Press International named him Lineman of the Year. He won the Lombardi Trophy as the nation's best lineman and the Maxwell Award as the nation's best player and again won the UPI Lineman of the Year Award, the only player ever to win it twice. In the decade of the 1970s, Browner was the only lineman who won the Maxwell. In 1977 he also placed fifth in voting for the Heisman Trophy. During his senior year in college, he was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated with the subheading of "Notre Dame's Peerless Ross Browner."

Notre Dame had a 39-7 record in his time that covered 11-0 in 1973, 8-3 in 1975, 9-3 in 1976, and 11-1 in 1977. Notre Dame won National Championships in 1973 and 1977. His career statistics record 340 tackles, a school record; ten deflected passes, two blocked kicks. He also scored a touchdown and two safeties. Browner was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999.[2]

Professional years Edit

He was the first round draft pick in the 1978 NFL Draft for the Cincinnati Bengals. Voted the team's Most Valuable Player in 1978, he played nine seasons for the Bengals. He set the Super Bowl record for tackles by a defensive lineman in Super Bowl XVI. In 1985 he jumped to the Houston Gamblers of the USFL, but returned the same season to the Bengals. Browner played one season (1987) with the Green Bay Packers before retiring.