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Timmy Brown

Timmy Brown (1937–2020), legendary Philadelphia Eagles running back

by Kirk Fox

Timmy Brown was a star running back and kick returner for the Philadelphia Eagles. He led the NFL in all-purpose yards in 1962 and 1963.  

  • Died: Tuesday, April 7, 2020. (Who else died on April 7?) 
  • Details of Death: Died at the age of 82, from complications of dementia.   
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NFL Career

Though Brown was 5’11”, small for the NFL, he was tough and fast, becoming the first player to return two kickoffs in the same game. He was elected to the Pro Bowl three times and helped the Eagles win the 1960 NFL Championship.

Became an actor after the NFL

Brown went to Hollywood after playing football and became an actor appearing in two Robert Altman movies, “M*A*S*H” and “Nashville.” He played a corporal in the movie and Dr. Jones in the TV versions of “M*A*S*H”, one of the few actors along with Gary Burghoff who played Radar to appear in both. He was dropped during the first season of the TV-series when producers discovered there were no African-American surgeons serving during the Korean War. He would also star in some blaxploitation movies.


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