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Ross Browner

Max Starks

262 lb (119 kg)

Place of birth:
1.91 m

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Date of birth:
(1954-03-22) March 22, 1954 (age 61)

High school:
Warren (OH) Western Reserve

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Ross Dean Browner (born March 22, 1954) is a former American football defensive end who played 10 seasons in the NFL, mainly for the Cincinnati Bengals. Browner was named to the Bengals' 40th Anniversary Team in 2007.


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Early life

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Growing up in Warren, Ohio, Browner was primarily interested in swimming and diving before concentrating on football. He attended Warren Western Reserve High School and during his senior year he was named first-team AAA (big school) all-state defensive end.

College years

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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 International named 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."

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Notre Dame had a 39-7 record in his time that covered 11-0 in 1973, 8-3 in 1975, 9-3 in 1976, and 11-1 in 1977. Notre Dame won National Championships in 1973 and 1977. His career statistics record 340 tackles, a school record; ten deflected passes, two blocked kicks. He also scored a touchdown and two safeties. Browner was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999.

Professional years

He was the first-round draft pick in the 1978 NFL Draft for the Cincinnati Bengals. Voted the team's Most Valuable Player in 1978, he played nine seasons for the Bengals. He set the Super Bowl record for tackles by a defensive lineman in Super Bowl XVI. In 1985, he jumped to the Houston Gamblers of the USFL, but returned the same season to the Bengals. Browner played one season (1987) with the Green Bay Packers before retiring.

Personal life

After retiring, Browner lived for several years in Mason, Ohio and has worked in real estate, sports entertainment, the cleaning industry, insurance, mortgages and business development. He currently is working in real estate and lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Browner is the father of former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Max Starks and former University of Arizona player Rylan Browner. Ross' brothers are former NFL players Keith Browner and Joey Browner. His nephew Keith Browner, Jr. currently plays for the Houston Texans.


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