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Willie Brown calls it a career

As the Vikings prepare for a shot at returning to the Super Bowl for the first time since the 1976 season, the guy who cemented their last of four losses on sports’ biggest stage is ending his long affiliation with the NFL.

Raiders assistant coach Willie Brown is retiring, according to  The news came directly from Brown, as he was leaving the team’s facility on Wednesday.

The team has yet to announce the move.

Brown played for the Raiders from 1967 through 1978.  He also played for the Broncos from 1963 through 1966, and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984.

Brown worked as an assistant coach with the Raiders from 1979 through 1988 and from 1995 through 2009.

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10 Responses to “Willie Brown calls it a career”
  1. raybin says: Jan 14, 2010 8:53 AM

    As the old saying went, “Two thirds of the earth is covered by water, the rest by Willie Brown.”

  2. TylerDurden says: Jan 14, 2010 8:56 AM

    The original subject of this quote: “Two-thirds of the earth is covered by water, the other third is covered by Willie Brown.”

  3. raidertg says: Jan 14, 2010 9:04 AM

    He will be missed but as we all now once a Raider always a Raider. Thanks Willie for the many many years of service. He is a man that truely bleeds Silver and Black

  4. schlicht says: Jan 14, 2010 9:25 AM

    Thanks Willie. You are the man!

  5. raiderrob21 says: Jan 14, 2010 10:02 AM

    Thanks Willie! Too bad the newer era cant match what you and the others built! Well get there..Eventualy… #24 forever a RAIDER!!!!

  6. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Jan 14, 2010 10:44 AM

    Ole man Willie, you will be missed, that’s for sure.
    All the best.

  7. RaiderMight says: Jan 14, 2010 11:02 AM

    The true definition of a Raider! Best of luck with the rest of your life Willie!

  8. Ray Guy says: Jan 14, 2010 11:29 AM

    The “shut down corner” before the term was ever invented.
    He was and is THE man.

  9. Tdk24 says: Jan 14, 2010 5:18 PM

    Think Cable told Al that he needs to bring in all of his own coaches? The Raiders were always holding on to past legends as position coaches no matter who the head coach was at the time.
    On a side note, Seymour, do you want to go out like Sapp or do you want to go out like Willie Brown?

  10. OELNML says: Jan 14, 2010 6:12 PM

    here is the video

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