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Former Eagles RB/KR Brown dies at 82

Field Level Media
08 Apr 2020, 11:25 GMT+10

Former Philadelphia Eagles running back and kick returner Timmy Brown has died at the age of 82, the team announced Tuesday.

The Eagles said that Brown had died on Saturday, although a cause of death was not announced.

Brown was selected by the Packers in the 27th round of the 1959 NFL Draft, but he was released after playing just one game for Green Bay. Brown joined the Eagles the following year and helped the team win the NFL championship in 1960.

"Timmy Brown was an all-time great Eagle and one of the most dynamic multipurpose players of his era. He overcame many obstacles in his life to enjoy success both as an athlete and as an entertainer," Eagles chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement.

"A three-time Pro Bowler and member of our 1960 NFL Championship team, Timmy excelled as a running back and return specialist with his incredible athleticism and signature versatility. He was one of the most exciting players to watch during his career. Those who knew him well have said they will remember him for his outgoing, uplifting personality and the connections he built with his teammates and the community. Our thoughts are with his loved ones during this time."

Brown, who spent eight seasons with the Eagles, holds the franchise record for most kickoff returns (169), most kickoff return yards (4,483) and most kickoff returns for touchdowns (five). He returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in a 24-23 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 6, 1966, becoming the first NFL player to accomplish that feat.

Brown, who was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1962, 1963 and 1965, was inducted into the Eagles' Hall of Fame in 1996.

After finishing his playing career with the Baltimore Colts in 1968, he tried his luck in Hollywood. Brown appeared in movies including "MASH" and "Nashville" plus television shows including "MASH," "Adam-12," "Mission: Impossible" and "Benson."

--Field Level Media

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