Former Philadelphia Eagles running back Timmy Brown, 82, recently passed away, according to an announcement from the team.
Brown played for the Eagles from 1960 through 1967. He notably made contributions to the team’s 1960 NFL championship win and earned three Pro Bowl berths during that span.
BGN’s Dave Mangels did a real nice job of profiling Brown’s career back in 2015.
Nearly 50 years after the end of his career, Brown is still on the Eagles career leader boards. He is 8th all-time in rushing yards and 7th in rushing touchdowns. He is 18th in receiving yards and 15th in receiving touchdowns. Throughout their history the Eagles have had plenty of dual-threat running backs, Steve van Buren, Wilbert Montgomery, Ricky Watters, Brian Westbrook and LeSean McCoy all have lead the league in yards from scrimmage and players like Herschel Walker and Duce Staley were a threat as a runner and receiver. Among running backs in Eagles history, Brown is 2nd in receiving touchdowns, 3rd in receiving yards and 5th in receptions. He was inducted into the Eagles Hall of Fame in 1990.
For five years, Timmy Brown was an electrifying player, one of the most versatile in the league. But because he played on bad teams half a century ago, he is largely forgotten. He had memorable games, memorable moments and played a part in launching a rivalry that has lasted 48 years and counting. He was one of the best I never saw.
Brown is the second former Eagles player to pass away this week. Tom Dempsey, 73, died over the weekend due to coronavirus complications. May both rest in peace.