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18 hours ago, Bobref said:

Wow! He was a freshman at ND when I was a senior in the 1973 national championship season. One of Our Lady’s all-time greatest players.

Ross Browner was one of the most decorated defensive players in the history of college football. At the University of Notre Dame he was a four-year starter at defensive end in 1973 and 1975–77. He was a unanimous All-America his junior and senior seasons of 1976 and 1977. In 1976, he won the Outland trophy as the nation's best interior or defensive lineman also in 1976 United Press Internationalnamed him Lineman of the Year. He won the Lombardi Trophy as the nation's best lineman and the Maxwell Award as the nation's best player and again won the UPI Lineman of the Year Award, the only player ever to win it twice. In the decade of the 1970s, Browner was the only lineman who won the Maxwell. In 1977, he also placed fifth in voting for the Heisman Trophy. During his senior year in college, he was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated with the subheading of "Notre Dame's Peerless Ross Browner."

I didn't realize until I read about his passing, that he had a son, Max Starks, that was a 10 year NFL offensive lineman, that won 2 Super Bowls with the Steelers.

https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2022/01/05/former-bengals-star-ross-browner-dies-from-complications-of-covid-at-67/

 

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The guy who caught the Lee Elia rant on tape has passed. I have seen a number of sports guys from Chicago paying tribute to him. The name did not ring a bell until I saw this post. Elia's rant is one of the all time classics. 

 

 

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18 hours ago, Irishman said:

No one will ever have these stats when it comes to winning.....ever.  In addition to his 2 NCAA championships playing for the University of San Francisco, he was on the winning 1956 Olympic basketball gold medal team in Melbourne....his team won all 8 games by an average of 56 ppg margin.  

I didn't realize he was not at his HOF induction in 1975....and only accepted his HOF ring in 2019 some 40+ years later.  He objected to being the first black man to be inducted into the HOF as he felt others deserved this honor before him.

Such an infectious smile....was glad to see he and Chamberlin (great rivals and friends) corrected their riff and became great friends again years later.  What a legend.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Russell

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