Rosey Brown

  • 9 × Pro Bowl selection ( 1955-1960, 1962, 1964, 1965 )
  • 9x All-Pro selection ( 1956-1963, 1965) 1 2 team
  • National Football League 75th Anniversary All- Time Team
  • NFL 1950s All- Decade Team
  • NFL Championship ( 1956)
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame (1975 )
  • New York Giants Ring of Honor ( 2010)
  • Morgan State University Athletics Hall of Fame

Roosevelt " Rosey " Brown, Jr ( born October 20, 1932 in Charlottesville, Virginia, † June 9, 2004 in Mansfield Township, New Jersey) was an US- American football player and coach with the New York Giants in the National Football League ( NFL).


Brown grew up in his native town. He had two siblings. In the orchestra in high school, he played trombone. With 13 years of strong boy was discovered and addressed by the coach of his high school team. Brown accepted the offer and played American football from now on. His skills as a football player then brought him even after he left school a football scholarship one.

Playing career

College Players

After completing his schooling, Brown studied at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, college, studied at the predominantly dark-skinned Americans. Due to the then usual racial barriers to Brown could do no great hope of a career in the NFL. However, Brown was known for his position, he played with a weight of 115 kg at 1.92 m height, as offensive tackle, an exceptionally fast player. In 1952, he was the newspaper " Pittsburgh Courier", a newspaper with a predominantly dark-skinned readers, elected Black All-American. At this time, the NFL Draft was not as organized as, as is the case today, when the appropriate college players are already included in lists with their abilities and personal values ​​before. The articles published in the newspapers all-American elections were therefore an important clue for the professional teams. With the publication of the newspaper from Pittsburgh, the Scouts of the New York Giants became aware of Brown.

Professional players

Brown was drafted in the 27th round in 1953 to 321 place by the Giants. The Giants gave Brown a contract with a term of one year and secured him a salary of 3,000 U.S. dollars. Brown also received a train ticket to the Giants training camp and appeared there with a suitcase made ​​of cardboard, an umbrella, a homburg and a lunch box. Dark-skinned players were back in the NFL exceptional. However, the head coach of the team Steve Owen recognized the extraordinary talent of Brown and gave him a chance to play in his team. The first real chance before Brown received his first season. The Giants played against the Cleveland Browns and defensive end Len Ford was a top player of this team his opponent. Ford duped Brown repeatedly threatened him and Owen then the early release to. For Brown, this was zuzulegen the signal and he tackelte Ford in two consecutive turns.

Brown received after his convincing debut the contract Charlie Conerly to protect the quarterback of the Giants, which was replaced in 1961 by YA Tittle, and running back Frank Gifford to block the way into the opponent's end zone free. The Giants were an exceptionally well- staffed team in the 50s. Players like Gifford, Emlen Tunnell or Sam Huff were selected according to their careers in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Brown moved with his team six times in the NFL Championship Game, a, only in 1956 could win the final against the motion of George Blanda Chicago Bears with 47:7. In the years 1958, 1959, 1961-1963 Brown went with his Giants each as losers from the square.

The playful success of the Giants made ​​themselves felt also in the payment of Brown. After his early years, he came up with an annual income of $ 20,000. 1965 had to end his career due to phlebitis Brown.

Coaching career

Like his teammate Brown Tunnell was an assistant coach with the Giants. After 1969 he worked as a scout for the Giants.


Brown played nine times in the Pro Bowl, the final game of the best players of the season. He was elected to the All-Pro nine times. He is a member of the National Football League 75th Anniversary All- Time Team, NFL 1950s All- Decade Team in and since 1975 in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The magazine " The Sporting News" chose him in 1999 as one of the 100 best football players of all time. The Giants honor him on the New York Giants Ring of Honor

Off the pitch

Brown was married twice and had two stepchildren. He died in his garden of heart failure. Police officials had previously still trying to revive him. After she had spent him to a hospital, the death of Brown was found.