Willie Brown (American football)

American football executive and former player and coach (1940-2019)

William Ferdie Brown (December 2, 1940 – October 21, 2019)[1] was an American professional football player, coach, and executive. He played as a cornerback for the Denver Broncos and the Oakland Raiders in the National Football League (NFL).

Willie Brown

Brown was the head football coach at California State University, Long Beach in 1991, the final season before the school's football program ended. Brown was added into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1984. At the time of his death he was on the Raiders' administrative staff.

Brown was born in Yazoo City, Mississippi. He studied at Grambling State University. Brown died on October 21, 2019 at his home in Tracy, California at the age of 78.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Sandomir, Richard (October 22, 2019). "Willie Brown, Hall of Fame Defensive Back With Raiders, Dies at 78". The New York Times. Archived from the original on October 23, 2019. Retrieved October 23, 2019.