William Ferdie Brown
(born December 2, 1940 in Yazoo City, Mississippi
) is a former American Football cornerback
. He is currently on the coaching staff of the Oakland Raiders
Willie Brown played collegiate football at Grambling 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
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 9 interceptions for 144 yards.
, Brown was traded to the AFL's Oakland Raiders
and would spend the remainder of his career there. He served as defensive captain for 10 of his 12 years with the team. He was named to 5 AFL All-Star games
and 4 NFL Pro Bowls. He was also named All-AFL 3 times and All-NFL 4 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
. His record would stand for 29 years until it was broken by Kelly Herndon
's 76-yard interception return in Super Bowl XL
Willie Brown retired after the 1978
season, and finished his Raiders career with 39 interceptions, tied for first all-time on the team. Overall, he finished his 16 Pro Football seasons with 54 interceptions, which he returned for 472... Read More