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David Brown

The induction of this 1971 Akron Garfield High School graduate establishes a new benchmark for NFL veterans in the Summit County Sports Hall of Fame. Not Cleveland Browns All- Pro lineman Jim Houston with 12 years, not five-time All-Pro Green Bay packer lineman Dave Robinson with 13 seasons, nor any other Hall of Famer has more seasons in the NFL than Dave Brown. The 26th player drafted in 1975, he played 15 seasons as a defensive back with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1975), Seattle Seahawks (1976-86) and the Green Bay Packers (1987-89). He missed only six games during his career, all in 1981 when he broke his leg, and started 203 of his 216 games. One of those was Super Bowl X. His 62 career interceptions ranked him fifth in NFL history and included two he returned for touchdowns against the Kansas City Chiefs in 1984 that tied an NFL record. Brown was Seattle’s NFL Man of the Year in 1982 and was voted to the AFC’s Pro-Bowl squad in 1984. Prior to the NFL, Brown distinguished himself as a three-year starter at safety, a three-time first team All-Big Ten and a two-time first team All-American at the University of Michigan. He played on teams that posted a 30-2-1 record and shared three Big Ten titles. He played in the 1974 East-West Shine Game, the Hula Bowl, the Coaches’ All-American and College All-Star game. In 1983, Michigan named Brown to its All-Time Team for the second 50 Years of Wolverine Football.

Inducted 1997 | Football