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Former NFL lineman Orlando Brown dies at 40

Posted on: September 23, 2011 1:49 pm
Edited on: September 23, 2011 8:24 pm
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Posted by Ryan Wilson

Former Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Orlando Brown died Friday at the age of 40. Police told Baltimore's WJZ that Brown was found dead inside his home and there were no signs of foul play.

"Our heartfelt condolences to the family of Orlando Brown, his three sons," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Friday. "I think everybody knows what he meant to this organization. He's still a big part of us. He's been coming around a lot, working with some of our young players. We're forever grateful just for what he did for the Ravens organization and what he did for the present team. We just can't express our sorrow enough."

Former teammate Terrell Suggs added that "He was a beast on the field but a gentle giant off. It's unfortunate he had to leave us so young." 

Brown played for 11 NFL seasons, though he's probably best remembered for an incident that took place during a December 1999 Jaguars-Browns game. Referee Jeff Triplette accidentally hit Brown in the eye with a weighted penalty flag. Triplette apologized, although the injury forced Brown from the game. As he made his way to the locker room, Brown ran back on the field and shoved Triplette to the ground.

Brown was ejected from the game and and the NFL later suspended him for his actions. A year later and still suffering from the injury, Cleveland released Brown two years into a six-year, $27 million contract. He ended up suing the league for damages.

But's Mike Freeman warns that we shouldn't let one play define Brown's career.

"Brown wasn't without flaws just like the rest of us but he shouldn't be remembered for that one incident," Freeman writes. "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."

Brown returned to the NFL in 2003 with the Ravens. He retired following the 2005 season.

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Former NFL lineman Orlando Brown dies at 40

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Posted on: December 25, 2011 10:12 am

Former NFL lineman Orlando Brown dies at 40

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Since: Jul 3, 2008
Posted on: September 24, 2011 12:39 pm

Former NFL lineman Orlando Brown dies at 40

Chill Bro....

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: September 24, 2011 10:50 am

Former NFL lineman Orlando Brown dies at 40

tampabay, what are you a "gangsta"??  A comment like this utterly stupid.  Do you think the ref intended to throw the flag through his facemask on purpose?  And then, that gave this 300 pounder the right to publicly attack a ref?  Or, you realize it was an accident and it still gave him the right to attack the ref?  The ref should've filed a lawsuit against him.  Your thinking is retarded and I hope you don't produce any offspring or raise the ones you have under values like this.  You comment makes me sick!

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: September 24, 2011 9:23 am

Former NFL lineman Orlando Brown dies at 40

Why would anyone think that the flag to the eye lead to the man's death. It is not unusual for 300 pound 40 year olds to have heart disease, diabetes, and any number of health problems. The flag was an accident. Football is a dangerous game. Of course no one thinks a flag will get you but freak accidents can happen in an office, classroom, anywhere. The NFL settled with Brown... case closed. I would be upset if I were hit in the eye, but you don't hit the ref... it was an obvius accident. Brown was able to come back affter three years and was paid 20 million dollars. Now if I were hurt accidentally at work, would I be able to get that much?? Not saying he didn't deserve the money, but he accepted the settlement.

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: September 24, 2011 8:56 am

Former NFL lineman Orlando Brown dies at 40

In an era in which a convicted felon, racketeer, and animal torturer is elevated to hero status
At first I thought you were talking about George Bush or Sarah 'hunting wolves from a helicopter / drill baby drill' Palin, but then I remembered we're on a sports blog...

Since: Oct 25, 2009
Posted on: September 24, 2011 7:47 am

Former NFL lineman Orlando Brown dies at 40

I do not blame Brown for hitting the ref. It is not out of the realm of possiblity that ultimately the flag in the eye killed him. It would not be the first time that a preexisting injury caused the death of someone. Lets not forget that the mans career was basically over after that incident.

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: September 24, 2011 6:30 am

Former NFL lineman Orlando Brown dies at 40

Thanks for lumping us all together, Calzone... Now, that's class...

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