Timmy Brown, a three-time Pro Bowl running back with the Eagles in the 1960s who went on to a successful acting career, died Saturday, the team announced on Tuesday.
Brown, 82, was inducted into the Eagles Hall of Fame in 1990. He was a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame six times, most recently in 2015.
Timmy Brown was an all-time great Eagle and one of the most dynamic multipurpose players of his era,” Eagles owner Jeff Lurie said in a statement. “He overcame many obstacles in his life to enjoy success both as an athlete and as an entertainer. A three-time Pro Bowler and member of our 1960 NFL Championship team, Timmy excelled as a running back and return specialist with his incredible athleticism and signature versatility. He was one of the most exciting players to watch during his career. Those who knew him well have said they will remember him for his outgoing, uplifting personality and the connections he built with his teammates and the community. Our thoughts are with his loved ones during this time.
Brown, who grew up outside Indianapolis, was a 27th-round draft pick of the Packers in 1959 but was released after just one game and joined the Eagles in 1960. He didn’t play much that year — he only had nine carries and nine receptions - but he did score four touchdowns as a 23-year-old for the NFL Champions.
Brown rushed for 3,703 yards and 29 touchdowns with a 4.4 average as an Eagle. He’s still in the top 10 in franchise history in rushing yards and rushing average. He also caught 231 passes for 3,346 yards and 26 more TDs.
Brown still ranks 7th in Eagles history with 7,049 scrimmage yards, behind only Westbrook, LeSean McCoy, Harold Carmichael, Wilbert Montgomery, Pete Retzlaff and Duce Staley.
He finished his career in 1968 with the Colts and played on the Don Shula-coached team that went 13-1 and lost to the Jets in Super Bowl III at the Orange Bowl.
To this day, Brown is one of only seven players in NFL history with 3,000 yards and 25 touchdowns both rushing and receiving. The others are Hall of Famers Marshall Faulk, Lenny Moore and Frank Gifford, plus John David Crow, James Brooks and Westbrook.
His 62 career touchdowns are 6th-most ever by an Eagles, behind only four Hall of Famers — Carmichael, Steve Van Buren, Tommy McDonald and Pete Pihos — and Westbrook.
Brown was also a tremendous returner. He holds the franchise record with five career kickoff returns for touchdowns, tied for 9th-most in NFL history, and his 26.5 career kick return average is 2nd-best in Eagles history behind Van Buren.
After his football career, Brown went into acting and appeared on numerous movies, including the Wild Wild West, M*A*S*H and Nashville, and TV series, including M*A*S*H, the Mary Tyler Moore Show and Adam-12.
He’s one of only four actors that appeared in both the M*A*S*H movie and the TV series.
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