Former Philadelphia Eagles star running back, return specialist Timmy Brown dies at 82
Timmy Brown, a Philadelphia Eagles great who was part of their 1960 championship team and made the team's Hall of Fame, died on Saturday at 82, the team confirmed in a tweet Tuesday.
Brown, a running back and return specialist, came out of Ball State University and was drafted in the 27th round by the Green Bay Packers in 1959. He was let go after one game and picked up by the Eagles, making their active roster in 1960.
He spent eight seasons with the Eagles before finishing his career with the Colts in 1968. Brown was inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame in 2015. He holds Eagles records in four categories: Most kickoff return yards, most kickoff returns for touchdowns, most kickoff returns and average yards per touch. For two consecutive seasons, 1962 and '63, he led the league in all-purpose yards.
After his football career, Brown moved to California and launched an acting career, where he appeared in several TV shows and movies, including "MASH" and "Nashville."
In a statement, Eagles chairman/CEO Jeffrey Lurie said: "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."
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