Old Man Willie

 As a free agent from Grambling Willie Brown secured a starting role with the Denver Broncos as a rookie in 1963 after being released from the Houston Oilers during training camp earlier that year. In 1964 he made his first All AFL team after coming up with 9 interceptions on the year. He also had a career game against New York when he intercepted the Jets quarterback Dick Wood 4 times.

  In 1967 he was traded to the Oakland Raiders where he would become a major part of that great Raiders defense for 12 seasons. As a Raider he would be named to 4 NFL All Pro Teams as well as 4 Pro Bowls. To that pedigree you can add 6 AFL All Star team mentions (3 of those were when he was with the Broncos). Willie Brown is also a member of the NFL’s 100th Anniversary, the All-Time NFL 1970s All-Decade Team and the AFL’s All-Time Team. His 39 interceptions are tied with the great Lester Hayes as #1 on the Raider’s All Time Interception Leaders List. 

 One of his most memorable moments of his Hall of Fame career came during the 4th quarter of Super Bowl XI when he returned an interception of Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton 75 yards for a score to help seal a Raiders Championship.

 He was inducted into NFL Hall of Fame in 1984.

Willie Brown, Raiders 1967-1978
Raiders Great Willie Brown

Image Gallery of Willie Brown, Defensive Back 1963 to 1978

All Time Career Statistics for Willie Brown

Regular Season Statistics
Year Age Team Games Started Int Yards Long TD Sacks Safety
1963 23 DEN 6 1 0 0 0 0.0
1964*+ 24 DEN 14 9 140 45 0 0.0 1
1965* 25 DEN 11 2 18 18 0 1.0
1966 26 DEN 14 3 37 31 0 0.0
1967* 27 OAK 12 7 33 25 1 0.0
1968*+ 28 OAK 14 2 27 27 1 0.0
1969*+ 29 OAK 14 5 111 30 0 0.0
1970* 30 OAK 7 3 0 0 0 0.0
1971*+ 31 OAK 14 2 2 2 0 0.0
1972* 32 OAK 14 4 26 13 0 1.0
1973*+ 33 OAK 14 3 -1 -1 0 0.0
1974 34 OAK 9 1 31 31 0 0.0
1975 35 OAK 12 4 -1 0 0 0.0
1976 36 OAK 14 3 25 22 0 0.0
1977 37 OAK 14 4 24 18 0 0.0
1978 38 OAK 2 1 0 0 0 0.0
12 seasons Raiders 140 39 277 31 2 1.0
4 seasons Broncos 45 15 195 45 0 1.0 1
16-Year NFL Career 185 54 472 45 2 2.0 1

Career Post Season Statistics
Year Age Team Games Int Yards Long TD
1967* 27 OAK♔ 2 1 2 2 0
1968*+ 28 OAK 2 1 0 0 0
1969*+ 29 OAK 2 1 15 15 0
1970* 30 OAK 2 1 50 50 1
1972* 32 OAK 1
1973*+ 33 OAK 2 2 54 54 1
1975 35 OAK 1
1976 36 OAK♚ 3 1 75 75 1
1977 37 OAK 2
17 Career Playoff Games 7 196 75 3
  • + – All-Pro Selection
  • * – Pro Bowl Selection
  • ♦ – Led the League
  • ♚ – NFL Champion
  • ♔ – AFL Champion


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