Tom Brown

Go Gophers!
Go Gophers!

Go Gophers!

Tom Brown
Class of 1991
Football: 1958-60
Track: 1958-60

Tom Brown was one of the all-time greatest offensive and defensive linemen ever to wear the Maroon and Gold. The Minneapolis Central High School graduate made his mark by winning the coveted Outland Trophy in 1960, recognizing him as the best lineman in the country. Coach Murray Warmath compared him to a "rolling boulder" for his unique ability to open holes for the Gopher ball carriers. In 1960, his senior year, the Gophers tied for the Big Ten title, were voted national champions and went to the Rose Bowl. The defensive unit, led by the "Rock of Gibraltar," allowed only 88 points that entire season. Brown's Herculean strength was legendary, and his ability to blast holes in opposing defensive lines made him an easy pick for the Big Ten MVP. In addition, he was also named as a first-team All-American, and even finished as runner-up in the Heisman Trophy voting - the closest a lineman has ever come to winning the award. "Brownie," who also starred on the track team as a shot-putter and discus thrower, went on to get drafted by the NFL's Baltimore Colts as well as the British Columbia Lions in the Canadian Football League. Brown chose the latter and in 1964 he led the Lions to the Grey Cup championship where he was named the team's MVP. He would win one more Grey Cup during his tenure in B.C. before having to retire permanently due to a neck injury in 1967. Brown was later inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003.

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