Former Eagles star Timmy Brown, 1960s All-Decade team member and actor M * A * S * H, dies at 82


The Philadelphia Eagles announced the death of Timmy Brown, one of the greatest players in the franchise’s 87-year history on Tuesday afternoon. Brown was 82 years old.

Brown was named to the Eagles 75th Anniversary team in 2007 and a member of the 1960s All-Decade team at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He has been an All-Pro selection twice and has made the top five in the NFL in yards per hit in five of the six seasons (1961-1965, 1967).

After his playing days, Brown had a second career as an actor and songwriter. Brown was in the 1970 film M * A * S * H ​​as Dr. Oliver Jones and in the first season of the popular television series based. He was also in films such as Sweet Sugar, Dynamite Brothers and Nashville, appearing in more than 20 films and TV shows throughout his acting career.

Brown was a member of the NFL Eagles’ championship team in 1960, but began to make a huge impact with the franchise in 1961. Brown set an NFL record with a 105 yard punt return for a touchdown (which stayed the longest in Eagles history until Josh Huff had a 107-yard comeback in 2014) that season. He led the NFL with 811 yards back, averaging 28.0 yards per return.

Brown became the Eagles’ principal in 1962, leading the NFL with 2,306 versatile yards (912 return yards, 545 rushing yards, 849 receiving yards) and 12 total touchdowns while winning the first of three Pro Bowl caps. Brown finished with 2,428 versatile yards (1,097 returning yards, 841 rushing yards, 487 receiving yards) and 11 touchdowns the following season (1963), leading the league in passing yards.

Brown led the NFL with 5.4 yards per carry in 1965, rushing for 861 yards and six touchdowns. He also had 682 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Brown finished with 1,543 yards of scrimmage in 1965, which was a career high.

Injury has slowed the Brown by 5 feet 9 inches in his last two years with the Eagles. Brown ended his career with the Eagles with 7,049 versatile yards (3,703 on the ground, 3,346 on reception) and 55 touchdowns.

Brown spent his last season with the Baltimore Colts in 1968, scoring a touchdown in the NFL Championship game. His 12,684 all-purpose yards were fourth in NFL history when he retired.

Brown was a big player on the poor Eagles in the 1960s, but was still named to the All-Decade 1960s. A brutal blow from Dallas Cowboys linebacker Lee Roy Jordan on a backhand pass , caused Brown to suffer from a broken jaw, while cheap shooting started the Eagles’ rivalry with the Cowboys that still lasts today.

Brown remains one of the most popular players in the history of the Eagles.

“Timmy Brown was a great eagle of all time and one of the most dynamic versatile players of his time. He has overcome many hurdles in his life to achieve success both as an athlete and as an artist, “said Eagles president and CEO Jeffrey Lurie. in a press release. “Three-time Pro Bowler and a 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 in his career. Those who knew he said he will be remembered for his outgoing and uplifting personality and the bonds he has forged with his teammates and the community. Our thoughts are with his loved ones during this time. “


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