September 27, 2016

Don Brown

Don Albert Brown was born in Dayton, Texas, August 20, 1937, and attended Dayton High School where he played high school football from 1953 to 1955. Upon graduation, he attended the University of Houston where he played for the football team as a running back and defensive back from 1956 to 1958, earning an All-American honorable mention during his senior year. He played for the College All-Stars in 1959 against the defending NFL champions, the Baltimore Colts. In the game, he was involved in a serious collision with Bill Pellington which left him unconscious for several minutes.

He was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams, but immediately traded for Ollie Matson of the Chicago Cardinals. This trade was significant, as he was one of nine players traded for Matson. After the Cardinals, he had a brief stint with the Green Bay Packers under head coach Vince Lombardi before returning home in 1960 to try out for the newly formed Houston Oilers, where he ended his professional career in 1961. After his retirement from football, he returned to Dayton, bought some land and took up farming with his four brothers. Brown passed away on June 23, 2013 and buried in Dayton's Magnolia Park Cemetery.

GPS Coordinates
30° 03.192,  -094° 53.036

Section 8
Magnolia Park Cemetery   
Dayton

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