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The tragedy of Orlando Brown

Posted on: September 23, 2011 2:35 pm
I knew Orlando Brown. Not well, but well enough, to say hello and have a conversation. He could be moody but also generous; short tempered but also introspective. He'd talk to me most about how offensive line play was under-appreciated by the media. He was right about that.

I liked Brown, who was called Zeus, because he was mean. I mean, really mean. Not in a cheap shot sort of way. But in a relenteless, you punch me, I'm going to punch you back twice as hard, sort of way. "He was the original Raven," linebacker Ray Lewis said. "He set the tone for how we were going to play tough and physical, backing down from no opponent."

"We just found out before the end of practice," said former teammate Harry Swayne. "We were close friends. It's tough, it's tough. I talked to him a month ago and told him, 'Zeus, you didn't have to block half the people you played against because they were scared of you.' He was a puppy dog, a big old puppy dog with a little bit of a bark. He had a lot of friends around the league. He was one of the best guys. It's a tough loss."

One of the biggest concerns Brown expressed to me was that he'd always be remembered for what happened in 1999. He was hit in the eye with a penalty flag from an over-aggressive game official. The flag caused massive damage to Brown's eye. He eventually reached an injury settlement with the NFL but was never quite the same after that.

Brown died on Friday at the age of 40. Ravens players who knew him are devastated and this is indeed some of the saddest news I've heard this year.

So I just wanted to say this. Brown wasn't without flaws just like the rest of us but he shouldn't be remembered for that one incident. Remember him in total context. A great offensive lineman who never quit, who never stopped, had the unending loyalty of his teammates, long after he left football, and was one of the NFL's great fighters.

Category: NFL
Tags: Ravens

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 8:12 am

The tragedy of Orlando Brown

Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 25, 2011 10:14 am

The tragedy of Orlando Brown

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Since: Nov 28, 2011
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Since: Aug 5, 2009
Posted on: September 24, 2011 2:13 pm

The tragedy of Orlando Brown

Really'd put his eye iny your pocket for an accident? you are a psycho or a wannabe douchebag tough guy...I'm guessing it's the latter. Good luck with your crappy browns.

Since: Jul 12, 2011
Posted on: September 24, 2011 10:31 am

The tragedy of Orlando Brown


Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: September 24, 2011 10:26 am

The tragedy of Orlando Brown

Years Prior the officials would throw the flag AT the player guilty of the infraction and that is how he got hit in the face.

...and to all of the Browns fans that still think the Ravens are the Browns, WAKE UP - you have a team and have Had a team since 1999.
Moaning AZZ Cleveland people need to move on, it isn't Baltimore's fault your new Browns suck so bad, and I am not still bitching about how the Colts left Bmore and still should be considered the Baltimore Colts.

The Ravens are the Ravens and they won a championship while in Baltimore, get over it.
Maybe if your new team would get some better uniforms that would help, or perhaps an actual moniker for the team.

Stop crying about how the Ravens are still the Browns. This thinking would go away if your team competed.

Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: September 24, 2011 9:03 am

The tragedy of Orlando Brown

TC you are not the sharpest knife in the drawer, that much is obvious. Mike Freeman wrote an eloquent article on a great football player. I hated and still hate the Baltimore Ravens, but that's because they are a damn good football team. They became good when the organization brought in players like Orlando Brown. As Ray Lewis said, Brown set the tone for the Ravens demeanor ... mad, angry and pissed off at the rest of the NFL. That's football. It's a mad and angry game played by men who channel those emotions into physicality. Orlando Brown epitomized that as good as anyone else. RIP ZEUS!!

TC2131 keep blogging to motivate people like me to call out people like you.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: September 24, 2011 8:41 am

The tragedy of Orlando Brown

Very Original TC, oh lets bust Freemans chops.  Your an AZZ

Since: Jul 20, 2008
Posted on: September 24, 2011 7:54 am

The tragedy of Orlando Brown

Typical Freeman article.  The ref was over-aggressive he says...and yet he fails to mention that Brown went after and pushed the ref down.  Freeman your articles are a joke and totally one-side.  The ref made a mistake and Brown did too, but throwing a flag as part of your job and hitting someone accidently in the eye is totally different than attacking another human being, even in the moment of anger.  Brown will be remembered for this incident, no doubt, as he should be.  Maybe others will learn from his mistake, and that's not a bad thing.  Any mention on how he died?  Maybe he will be rememebred for that instead.

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