Eagles Hall of Famer Brown remembered for dynamic career on and off field

Dave Uram
April 08, 2020 - 11:00 am
Timmy Brown shakes hands with fans after a ceremony honoring the 1960 NFL Championship team at Lincoln Financial Field.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Former Eagles running back and kick returner Timmy Brown died on Saturday. The team announced it on Tuesday.

Three-time Pro Bowler Brown was a fan favorite when he played for the Birds in the '60s. A member of the 1960 championship team, he's the franchise leader in kick returns, yards and touchdowns — two of which he scored in one game. The Hall of Famer also led the NFL in all-purpose yards in 1962 and 63.

"He was blindingly fast, and he had tremendous, tremendous moves," Voice of the Eagles Merrill Reese said.

WIP’s Ray Didinger remembers Brown for much more than his eight seasons with the Birds.

"It was his speed and his elusiveness. He was ... very much a player that was kind of ahead of his time," Didinger said.

Brown endured a rough childhood, which included some time in an orphanage. He overcame the adversity of not getting a full ride to college and being drafted in the 27th round by Vince Lombardi's Packers. 

He had a notable acting career after football, and he did some modeling and singing.

"Even during the season, when the team had their day off on a Monday of Tuesday, Timmy would hop the train and go up to New York and take singing lessons and acting lessons and prepare himself for a career in show business when it was all said and done," Didinger said.

It's that type of personality that Reese says he noticed on the field.

"I can't ever remember seeing Timmy Brown without looking at him smiling," Reese said.

According to the Inquirer, Brown's son said he died of complications from dementia. Timmy Brown was 82.