Willie Brown (American football)

William Ferdie Brown (born December 2, 1940) is an American football executive and former player and coach. He played as a cornerback for the Denver Broncos and the Oakland Raiders in the National Football League (NFL). Following his playing career, Brown remained with the Raiders as an assistant coach. He served as the head football coach at California State University, Long Beach in 1991, the final season before the school's football program was terminated. Brown was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1984. He is currently on the administrative staff of the Raiders.

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Personal information
Born:December 2, 1940 (age 78)
Yazoo City, Mississippi
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school:Yazoo City (MS) Taylor
College:Grambling State
Career history
As player:
As coach:
As administrator:
  • Oakland Raiders (1995–present)
    Director of staff development
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Interception yards:472
Player stats at NFL.com

Playing career

Brown played college football at Grambling State University and was not drafted by any professional team after leaving school in 1963. He was signed by the Houston Oilers of the American Football League (AFL), but was cut from the team during training camp. He was then signed by the AFL's Denver Broncos and became a starter by the middle of his rookie season. He won All-AFL honors in his second season and played in the AFL All-Star Game, recording nine interceptions for 144 yards.

In 1967, Brown was traded to the AFL's Oakland Raiders and spent the remainder of his playing career there. He served as defensive captain for 10 of his 12 years with the team. He was named to five AFL All-Star games and four NFL Pro Bowls. He was also named All-AFL three times and All-NFL four times.

Perhaps Brown's most memorable moment as a Raider came during Super Bowl XI, when he intercepted a Fran Tarkenton pass and returned it a Super Bowl-record 75 yards for a touchdown. NFL Films immortalized Brown's play with a film clip of Brown running with the ball, appearing to be running straight to the camera. His record stood for 29 years until it was broken by Kelly Herndon's 76-yard interception return in Super Bowl XL.

Brown retired after the 1978 season, and finished his Raiders career with 39 interceptions, tied for first all-time on the team. He finished his 16 professional football season seasons with 54 interceptions, which he returned for 472 yards and two touchdowns. He also recovered three fumbles.

Brown is a member of the American Football League All-Time Team and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on July 28, 1984, his first year of eligibility. In 1999, he was ranked number 50 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players, making him the highest-ranking Raiders player.

Coaching career

Brown served as a defensive backfield coach for the Raiders from 1979 to 1988. He also had stints as the head coach at Long Beach State, where he earned a master's degree, in 1991 and Jordan High School in Los Angeles in 1994. In 1995, he returned to the Raiders as the Director of Staff Development.


  • All-AFL Team (1964)
  • Five AFL All-Star Games (196465, 196769)
  • Named to the All-Time AFL Team in 1969
  • Four AFC-NFC Pro Bowls (197073)
  • Named to the Pro Football 25-year All-Star team
  • Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1984
  • Inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 1985
  • Inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 1994
  • Inducted into the African-American Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame in 2010[1]


Personal life

Brown is married to wife Yvonne. He has three adult children (two daughters and a son) from a previous marriage. He also has 3 grandchildren who live in Southern California (Palos Verdes).

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Long Beach State 49ers (Big West Conference) (1991)
1991 Long Beach State 2–9 2–5 T–5th
Long Beach State: 2–9 2–5
Total: 2–9

See also


  1. ^ http://www.budwinter.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/OaklandInductionCeremony_HOFver2.pdf

External links


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List of people with surname Brown

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Willie Brown

Willie Brown may refer to:

Willie Brown (politician) (born 1934), mayor of San Francisco, 1996–2004, Speaker of the California State Assembly, 1980–1995

Willie B. Brown (1940–2009), American politician in New Jersey

Willie Brown (American football) (born 1940), American football Hall-of-Fame cornerback

Willie Brown (American football, born 1942) (1942–2018), Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach

Willie Brown (musician) (1900–1952), American delta blues guitarist and singer

Willie Brown (footballer, born 1900) (1896/1900–1977), Scottish footballer (Rochdale AFC, Torquay United)

Willie Brown (footballer, born 1922) (1922–1978), Scottish football player (Preston North End, Grimsby Town) and manager (Barrow AFC)

Willie Brown (footballer, born 1928), Scottish footballer (Forfar Athletic, Accrington Stanley)

Willie Brown (footballer, born 1938), Scottish footballer (Accrington Stanley, Chester City, Greenock Morton)

Willie Brown (footballer, born 1950), Scottish footballer (Newport County, Torquay United)

Willie Brown (footballer born 1974), Ghanaian footballer in 1991 FIFA U-17 World Championship squads

Willie Brown (golfer) (c. 1858–?), 19th century Scottish golfer

Willie Brown (rugby league), former Sydney Roosters rugby league player

Willy Brown, victim of the Omaha race riot of 1919

Willie Brown (American football, born 1942)

Willie Brown (March 21, 1942 – July 26, 2018) was an American college and professional football player and coach. A star player for the University of Southern California, he went on to play three seasons in the National Football League. After his playing career, he served as a coach for the Trojans and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League.

Yazoo City, Mississippi

Yazoo City is a U.S. city in Yazoo County, Mississippi. It was named after the Yazoo River, which, in turn was named by the French explorer Robert La Salle in 1682 as "Rivière des Yazous" in reference to the Yazoo tribe living near the river's mouth. It is the county seat of Yazoo County and the principal city of the Yazoo City Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is part of the larger Jackson–Yazoo City Combined Statistical Area. According to the 2010 census, the population was 11,403.

Willie Brown

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