Running back, 1969 to 1976. Brown arrived in Washington with coach Vince Lombardi and went to four pro bowls in his first four years. He lives in Potomac and does investment sales and leasing for NAI Michael Companies, a commercial-real-estate firm.
What are you proudest of?
I was very delighted to be the first Washington running back to gain 1,000 yards in a season and even more delighted to do it twice.
Who had the biggest impact on you?
Vince Lombardi, the Redskins coach when I was a rookie, was a great inspiration. He was probably the toughest person that I ever worked for, but I learned a lot. Being a part of the team, as opposed to doing things as if you were an island, was very important.
And George Dixon, the running back coach when I joined the team. He was one of my biggest supporters and was fighting for me to be a part of the team my rookie year.
Vince Lombardi was the person that I had to win over. They brought in 20-some running backs, which would give anyone the indication that they weren’t satisfied—or that they hadn’t made up their mind yet. Lombardi was a very demanding coach.
What did you learn?
You’ve got to give 100 percent. Your heart needs to be in it or you are not going to excel.
Most heartbreaking loss?
The Super Bowl. We lost by seven points, and it was a very tough loss. It’s one thing to lose a ball game, but to lose the fight and the ball game is even more tough.
Advice for a rookie?
You have to come in very focused. Do everything you can to be recognized as a person who could make a significant contribution to the team.
How has the game changed?
Today it seems that all the instructions are coming from the sidelines. The coaches have taken some, if not all, of the responsibility of the play-calling, and now they have microphones on the field.
I’m a big believer in keeping the ball on the ground. If you keep the ball on the ground, you control it better.