Brown, who turned 57 on March 30, took to the Detroit community. He has lived here since his rookie season.

He is involved in a number of activities and has been the color analyst for Lions games for WJR-760-AM.

Most recently, he was voted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Brown was a green rookie, but he didn’t act or play like one. Once the introductions and interviews were over on his first day with the team he settled quickly into the football routine at training camp, which then was held at Oakland University.

As the Lions would learn, he was a natural pass protector. He did not require a lengthy break-in period to show that he belonged in the NFL.

Brown started at left tackle on opening day to begin an 11-season career with the Lions in which he established himself as one of the greatest offensive linemen in franchise history. Brown made six of his seven Pro Bowls as a Lion and was first-team All-Pro once.

The 1995 season was his last in Detroit. He hit the free-agent merry-go-round, playing three seasons in Arizona, one in Cleveland, two with the Giants and a final season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Bucs head coach Jon Gruden signed him early in the season to be a backup on the offensive line, and to provide leadership for the young players.

Brown found an irony in winning a Super Bowl with the Bucs. It was two years after he was on the losing side of the Super Bowl to the Ravens as a member of the Giants.

The year he won a Super Bowl was the only season he wasn’t a starter.

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