Larry Brown Running Back
Larry Brown was born on September 19, 1947 in Clairton, Pennsylvania. After starring at running back for Kent State, Brown was drafted with pick 191 in the eighth round of the 1969 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. He was the second running back selected by the Redskins in 1969. He was considered to be too small for an every down NFL workload.

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Player Info

Height 5' 11"
Weight 195 lbs
DOB: 9/19/1947
Running Back


NFL Draft

1969/Round 8/Pick 191

Career Highlights

Pro Bowl

1969, 1970, 1971, 1972


70 Greatest Redskins


1972 NFL MVP Award
1972 Bert Bell Award
1972 NFL Offensive Player of the Year
1972 UPI NFC Player of the Year

Team(s) As A Player

Washington Redskins 1969-1976

Larry Brown Wins Rushing Crown

After a solid rookie season, Larry Brown took his game to a new level in 1970. For the year he carried the ball 237 times for 1125 yards, 4.7 yards per carry, caught 37 passes for 341 yards and two touchdowns.

His best game of the 1970 season came in a loss to the New York Giants on November 29, 1970. He ran 17 times for 139 yards, caught six passes for another 48 yards and scored a touchdown on a 15-yard catch. On that day, he also set a new Redskins’ single season rushing record, surpassing the 951 yards put up by Rob Goode in 1951. This was also his sixth 100-yard rushing day of the season. (1)

Larry Brown is NFL MVP

Larry Brown reached new heights in 1972 and so did the Washington Redskins. For the year he had 285 carries for 1216 yards (a new Redskins’ Record) caught 32 passes for another 473 yards and scored 12 total touchdowns. He did this in only 12 games. Had he not missed two games, he would have won another rushing title; instead he finished second to O.J. Simpson. He helped carry the Redskins past Green Bay and Dallas in the playoffs, but lost to the undefeated Miami Dolphins in the Super Bowl.

On October 29, 1972 Larry Brown had a career best 191 yards rushing on 29 carries. He added two catches for another 42 yards and scored two touchdowns to defeat the New York Giants 23-16. “Larry Brown is the game's greatest runner,” said George Allen, head coach of the Redskins. After the game, the 195-pound Brown was asked about his workload. “I like to carry the ball this many times,” Larry Brown said yesterday. “I do.” (2) Larry Brown was named NFL MVP.

Larry Brown Gains 255 Yards

After an injury-plagued 1973 season, the Redskins needed a win in their final game to make the playoffs. “When I got up this morning, I said I wasn't going to think about any obstacles or barriers. I knew we were going to win. It's bad losing,” Brown said. In spectacular fashion, Larry Brown had a game for the ages to ensure they made the playoffs. He ran 26 times for 150 yards rushing, caught three passes for 105 more yards and scored four touchdowns as the Redskins routed the Philadelphia Eagles 38-20. “I don't think my not coming to camp was the big factor,” Brown said after scoring four touchdowns. “It was the lack of an offensive punch. We weren't executing. I read the things these guys have been saying about me,” he continued. “But I didn't need any added incentives. I've been having injuries all season.” (3)

Larry Brown’s Career

Larry Brown played running back for the Washington Redskins from 1969 to 1976. During that time he carried the ball 1530 times for 5875 yards, hauled in 238 passes for another 2485 yards and scored 55 total touchdowns. He made the Pro Bowl following each of his first four seasons and won the NFL MVP award following the 1972 season. He is one of the 70 Greatest Redskins.

By A. Goodin,
May 26, 2008

Larry Brown Bibliography

(1)  Giants Tip 'Skins, 27-24 (1970, November 30) Appleton Post Crescent
Little Larry Brown The Man' For Skins (1972, October 30) Charleston Daily Mail
(3)  Skins Brown Healthy (1973, December 17) Appleton Post Crescent