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Rain Man
09-23-2011, 03:56 PM
Cause of death: flag to the eye.

Rumor has it that John Goodman has been asked to portray him in the upcoming movie.

http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/09/23/former-nfl-lineman-orlando-brown-dead-at-40/?hpt=hp_t2

Former NFL lineman Orlando Brown dead at 40

Former Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Orlando Brown was found dead in his home Friday morning, Baltimore police said. He was 40, according to the NFL's website.

Authorities said there was no sign of trauma or foul play.

Brown, nicknamed "Zeus," retired in 2005 and lived in Baltimore, where he was involved in the franchising of restaurants, according to NFL.com.

While he was with the Browns in December 1999, a flag thrown by an official struck him in the eye and led to Brown suing the league.

Chocolate Hog
09-23-2011, 03:56 PM
Sign him to play right tackle?

thebrad84
09-23-2011, 04:05 PM
While he was with the Browns in December 1999, a flag thrown by an official struck him in the eye and led to Brown suing the league.

That happened damn near 12 years ago? damn time flies by..

Bwana
09-23-2011, 04:49 PM
Heh

http://i.usatoday.net/communitymanager/_photos/the-huddle/2011/09/23/orlanx-inset-community.jpg (http://i.usatoday.net/communitymanager/_photos/the-huddle/2011/09/23/orlanx-large.jpg)

Bacon Cheeseburger
09-23-2011, 04:56 PM
That happened damn near 12 years ago? damn time flies by..
I thought the same damn thing when I read that.

TheGuardian
09-23-2011, 04:57 PM
bring him in for a look?

QuikSsurfer
09-23-2011, 05:01 PM
This place never disappoints.. We should absolutely bring him in for a look.. We aren't very deep at RT so we could definitely use the death.

Rain Man
09-23-2011, 05:04 PM
You could do worse than a dead Orlando Brown. A 350-lb. dead guy is not going to be pushed backwards very easily.

Third Eye
09-23-2011, 05:05 PM
That happened damn near 12 years ago? damn time flies by..

I thought the same damn thing when I read that.

These.

Dylan
09-23-2011, 05:05 PM
lol... guys are too funny.

Dylan
09-23-2011, 05:06 PM
http://thepurpleseed.com/store/image/1215900194266767/fall-fantasia-bouquet/

Repose in peace

nychief
09-23-2011, 05:07 PM
PRINT'EM

Pasta Giant Meatball
09-23-2011, 05:17 PM
Herp....has to be better than what we have....derp

Frazod
09-23-2011, 05:24 PM
When I first glanced at this, I read it as Orlando Bloom. First thought was damn, I didn't realize he was 40.

Ace Gunner
09-23-2011, 05:28 PM
but it's a young 40..

Ebolapox
09-23-2011, 05:35 PM
You could do worse than a dead Orlando Brown. A 350-lb. dead guy is not going to be pushed backwards very easily.

if you tell him that he needs to be a bit less stiff in the knees, he obviously would give you a dead look. he's got a constant 1000 yard stare. he would breathe new life into our line. he could run the dead man's play. dead men tell no tales of haley fingering the waitress.

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Pasta Giant Meatball
09-23-2011, 05:41 PM
Dwayne Rudd was going to be a pall bearer, but was pulled over on his motorcycle for riding without a helmet.

Gonzo
09-23-2011, 06:04 PM
LJ's perfect o-lineman for sure. He wouldn't have to chase him down to run into his back.
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whoman69
09-23-2011, 06:17 PM
Its pretty clear he was offed because he wouldn't drop his suit against the NFL. Wake up people.

Deberg_1990
09-23-2011, 06:18 PM
Did he ever get money out of his lawsuit with the league? If i remember right, he shoved the ref or pushed him and got suspended for it?

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/thehuddle/post/2011/09/former-ravens-browns-ot-orlando-brown-dead-at-40/1

Deberg_1990
09-23-2011, 06:29 PM
Hopefully that D-Bag Tripplette apologized to him.

Frazod
09-23-2011, 06:36 PM
Hopefully that D-Bag Tripplette apologized to him.

Heh. I remember I got in a really nasty argument with Russ over that back on the old Star BB back when I was a n00b.

Thig Lyfe
09-23-2011, 06:47 PM
Too bad it wasn't a suicide. We need somebody to come in and show them the ropes.

Sanka
09-23-2011, 06:56 PM
bring him in for a look?

Continue the Ravenication of the Chiefs?

CoMoChief
09-23-2011, 07:11 PM
bring him in for a look?

Shit, Lesnar would kick his ass.

TheGuardian
09-23-2011, 07:12 PM
Our luck we'd bring him in for a look and he'd tear his ACL during tryouts.

Pioli Zombie
09-23-2011, 08:04 PM
He still is not as dead as the Chiefs season

TEX
09-23-2011, 08:21 PM
Our luck we'd bring him in for a look and he'd tear his ACL during tryouts.

All part of "The Plan." ...

Pioli Zombie
09-23-2011, 08:25 PM
Brown was seen looking for a hearse in Overland Park.

RJ
09-23-2011, 08:44 PM
Too bad it wasn't a suicide. We need somebody to come in and show them the ropes.


My guess is that it probably was just that.

'Hamas' Jenkins
09-23-2011, 08:51 PM
Did he ever get money out of his lawsuit with the league? If i remember right, he shoved the ref or pushed him and got suspended for it?

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/thehuddle/post/2011/09/former-ravens-browns-ot-orlando-brown-dead-at-40/1

$25 million.

Simply Red
09-23-2011, 11:14 PM
Too bad it wasn't a suicide. We need somebody to come in and show them the ropes.

Lou Holtz would work

Simply Red
09-23-2011, 11:34 PM
RIP - way too young.:(

Deberg_1990
09-26-2011, 07:40 AM
Nice writeup about Brown from Peter King this morning. I didnt realize Scott Pioli was the one who scouted him and lobbied for the Browns to sign him.





When last I saw Orlando Brown, he was bragging about his son, sophomore offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr., of DeMatha Catholic High in Hyattsville, Md. "He's going to be a player, a really good player,'' Brown said at Ravens' training camp this summer. Like father, like son.

Brown, who was found dead of undisclosed causes Friday in Baltimore at 40, is one of the most interesting, and misunderstood, men I've come across in my time in the NFL. To think of him only as the man who, in a rage, shoved down referee Jeff Triplette on Dec. 19, 1999, after Triplette inadvertently hit him in the right eyeball with a weighted penalty flag would be a mistake. It's a part of the picture, but not all of it.

Before the 1993 draft, then-Browns scout Scott Pioli went to work out a player at South Carolina State. Brown was a 380-pound defensive tackle at the school and wanted a tryout too. According to Ravens long-time PR man Kevin Byrne, Pioli said no; Brown wasn't on the scouting list for the Browns. Brown was insistent.

"Lots of times,'' said another scout on the Browns staff then, Phil Savage, "you'll show up at a small school and 15 guys will come out of the woodwork, wanting a tryout. Scott must have seen something in him.''

Pioli went back to campus to work out Brown, told coach Bill Belichick and personnel man Mike Lombardi he'd be worth a free agent look if he got his weight down, and so the Browns signed him. He was so needy in all areas that the Browns instructed him how to open savings and checking accounts; he'd simply cash his check and carry all of his money around with him.

On the field, assistant offensive line coach Pat Hill spent individual time with him daily to teach him how to be a tackle. Every morning at 6, Hill would set up folding chairs on the practice field to simulate players, and he'd teach Brown the basics of offensive line play for 45 minutes. Line coach Kirk Ferentz also did some tutoring of Brown. By late 1994, Brown, a dominating straight ahead blocker with decent feet, was starting at right tackle for the Browns. He had a hair-trigger temper, which his head coaches -- first Bill Belichick and later Chris Palmer with the Browns, tried hard to control.

Interesting career. He went from Cleveland to Baltimore when the Browns moved there, then back to the Browns at the rebirth of the franchise, then back to Baltimore in 2003 after recovering from his eye injury. That happened when Triplette, early in a game against the Jaguars, called a false start on Cleveland and threw a BB-weighted yellow penalty flag that struck Brown in the right eyeball. We later learned that Brown's father had lost his eyesight in one eye because of glaucoma, and it's something he feared happening to him someday.

I was at the game that day, and watched incredulously as Brown grabbed his facemask after being struck, and then watched Triplette hustle over to Brown to apologize. Brown left the field, and within seconds stalked back onto the field gesturing at Triplette -- then shoved him to the ground, Triplette landing, shocked, on his backside. To this day, that's the strangest act I've ever seen on a football field.

I remember walking into Palmer's office after the game and seeing him utterly depressed. He said, "That's not him. That's not him.'' At the time, I took that to be a defense of a player on his team who'd done an indefensible thing, a coach just trying to stick up for a player in trouble. He also said: "I have tried to work with the player and his emotions during the course of the year, and obviously I failed in this situation.''

Palmer, now the Titans' offensive coordinator, told me Saturday, "It really wasn't him. I loved Zeus. He was really the gentle giant. He was good to all kids, and my kids loved him. When he passed, my son and my daughter both called and were very sad. Just tells you a little bit about how he affected people, and what a loving, caring person he was.''

Brown never forgot the incident, obviously. We even discussed it this summer, though I don't recall exactly what he said. But when he came back to the Ravens in 2003 to resume his career (with a shield over his facemask, and goggles to protect the eye), he was not a bitter man. Every Friday, he'd give free tickets to home games to the people working in food service at the Ravens' facility. He bought equipment for his high school team in an impoverished section of Washington, D.C. Phone calls came into the Ravens about Brown pulling up in his car to a football practice somewhere in the Baltimore area -- multiple times this happened -- and stopping to offer help to the coaches if they wanted his advice. He began tutoring the young tackles who might one day take his spot. This summer, he was in camp working one-on-one with rookie Jah Reid and second-year tackle Ramon Harewood, from Morehouse (Ga.) College, an undrafted free agent, just like Brown.

Harewood, on injured-reserve with an ankle injury, said Friday: "We had similar backgrounds, with me only playing football for four years and him having to work his way into the NFL the hard way. He helped me grow as a player. He was always upbeat, always encouraging, and would never let me get down on myself.''

On Sunday in St. Louis, Ravens coach John Harbaugh told his team before the game: "Let's salute Zeus. Let's play the way he'd play -- let's play relentless.''

No team got off to a 21-0 start in the first quarter Sunday, except Baltimore. I'm not saying it's because of the pregame speech. I'm just saying it happened, and maybe it's a coincidence. But the Ravens sure came out strong against the Rams.

The Orlando Brown story says something about a lot of things. Without Brown's persistence, maybe he never gets an NFL tryout. Without Pioli, Belichick and Lombardi seeing something in him, maybe he never gets a roster spot. Without Hill's tutelage, maybe he never becomes a starter. Without the Triplette accident, maybe we never focus on how a life in turmoil became a life with a lot of giving in it.



Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/peter_king/09/26/Week3/index.html#ixzz1Z48XMBuy