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Ravens announce passing of Orlando Brown

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Orlando Brown, a mammoth offensive tackle who appeared in 129 games with the Browns and Ravens, has died.  The Ravens announced his passing on Friday.

Brown was 40.

Six-feet, seven-inches and 360 pounds, Brown was nicknamed “Zeus.”  And referee Jeff Triplette got a taste of Brown’s lightning bolts in 1999, after Triplette inadvertently hit Brown in the eye with the business end of a penalty flag.  The small bean bag made its way into the opening in Brown’s facemask, prompting Brown to shove Triplette to the ground.  Brown later filed a $200 million lawsuit, alleging that the injury ended his career.

In 2003, he made an unlikely comeback, rejoining the Ravens and starting 34 games over three seasons.  In all, he played for the Browns from 1993 through 1995, the Ravens from 1996 through 1998 (after the moved from Cleveland), the Browns in 1999, and the Ravens from 2003 through 2005.

“He was a beast on the field and a great friend off it,” Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs said.  “It’s a shame he had to leave us so young.”

We send our condolences to Brown’s family, teammates, and friends.

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41 Responses to “Ravens announce passing of Orlando Brown”
  1. kyleortonsarm says: Sep 23, 2011 1:40 PM

    Young? That guy was 40. That’s pretty old.

  2. ravenschick says: Sep 23, 2011 1:41 PM

    Wow. I just saw him signing autographs at the Ravens open practice in August. And my boss saw him driving in Baltimore not more than 2 weeks ago. Just goes to show you that life is precious and not to take it for grated.

    My condolences to the Brown family.

  3. dirtybird70 says: Sep 23, 2011 1:42 PM

    Wow such a shame. So young. I wonder what he died of? I’m guessing something having to do with this heart, he was a huge man and probably didn’t stay very active after football. God bless his family.

  4. duncanthecat says: Sep 23, 2011 1:43 PM

    God Bless.

  5. tatatoothy says: Sep 23, 2011 1:43 PM

    Condolences to the fans of the Browns and Ravens, and to Orlando’s family. RIP.

  6. minnesconsin says: Sep 23, 2011 1:48 PM

    sad news. almost as sad is this story on the death of a 40 year old man without mention of what caused a 40 year old man to die. if there’s no known cause yet, it might be worth mentioning that he was found dead in his home. the dude wasn’t 85.

  7. brock29609 says: Sep 23, 2011 1:49 PM

    It wasn’t a bean bag. It was a hanky filled with LEAD pellets, which are outlawed today as a result.

  8. brock29609 says: Sep 23, 2011 1:55 PM

    …lead pellets that literally broke his face

  9. Steeler's Will says: Sep 23, 2011 1:57 PM

    Condolences to the Brown family, way too young to go. RIP

  10. richm2256 says: Sep 23, 2011 1:58 PM

    Wow …. was that REALLY twelve years ago???

    Tragic, tragic life.

  11. beedubyatoo says: Sep 23, 2011 1:59 PM

    What was the resaolution of the lawsuit?

  12. duanethomas says: Sep 23, 2011 2:04 PM

    WoW…Only 40. R.I.P. Big Man

  13. humbleminded85 says: Sep 23, 2011 2:04 PM

    RIP Zues I remember in ’02 when I met him inside the Little Ceasers on Richie Hwy in Bmore County, he was real down to earth and he even gave my cousin some advice on playing offensive tackle. Sad news to hear.

  14. stealersfannot says: Sep 23, 2011 2:20 PM

    RIP brother

  15. jakek2 says: Sep 23, 2011 2:24 PM

    How did he die and what happened with the lawsuit. Nice reporting.

  16. gregjennings85 says: Sep 23, 2011 2:26 PM

    I still will never understand why the refs insist on throwing those flags AT the players. That would be like a cop giving shooting your car with an adhesive-covered projectile containing a ticket.

    Just throw it, and remember the number.

  17. sterilizecromartie says: Sep 23, 2011 2:29 PM

    RIP Big Man.

    Is that true about the lead pellets being outlawed, brock? I hope so because to this day I still see the refs fired the flags as hard as they could right at the players. Lead pellets or not, I don’t see why they can’t just drop the flags lightly on the ground. I remember last year in a MNF game a ref tossed a flag and it went right through a players facemask. It could have easily been another Orlando Brown incident.

  18. hbdbrowns33 says: Sep 23, 2011 2:32 PM

    Absolutely awful that he left so soon….He will be missed

  19. fatguystrangler says: Sep 23, 2011 2:38 PM

    40? Wow, that certainly puts things into perspective. Condolences to friends and family.

  20. bertcampaneris says: Sep 23, 2011 2:38 PM

    No cause yet?…Hmm….someone better account for Ray-Ray’s whereabouts.

  21. cmdrbuffalo says: Sep 23, 2011 2:45 PM

    Condolences to the Brown family. I will pray for you.

    It sure seems that a lot of former NFL players die awfully young. Is it just brain trauma and heart disease, or is there more to it?

  22. 1captain1 says: Sep 23, 2011 2:54 PM

    Being a pallbearer would suck!

    RIP Fat dude.

  23. minnesotablizzard says: Sep 23, 2011 3:03 PM

    You never see an old giant, and this was a giant of a man. You also never see obese people grow very old, they always get health complications. I see it everyday in the hospital I work at.

  24. Deb says: Sep 23, 2011 3:07 PM

    Oh my, stunning news. Seems so many offensive linemen are passing so young. And at 40, he’s just barely beyond his playing career. Deepest condolences to his family, friends, and his former teammates in the Browns and Ravens organizations.

    RIP, Orlando.

  25. commandercornpone says: Sep 23, 2011 3:08 PM

    the bag event almost blinded him

  26. woofdwolf23 says: Sep 23, 2011 3:43 PM

    Rest in Peace Orlando. May God bless your family.

  27. jeffperk says: Sep 23, 2011 3:45 PM

    RIP Zeus

  28. tdk24 says: Sep 23, 2011 3:45 PM

    What was the cause of death? 40 is too young to die naturally.

  29. gi141 says: Sep 23, 2011 3:46 PM

    You want to get some insight into Orlando Brown, read NFL:Unplugged by Anthony Gargano. You’ll learn just how much of a beast this guy was, and a few other things about NFL football. Not for the weak of stomach or soccer fans though, it’s unfiltered.

    Too young to die, sucks.

  30. brock29609 says: Sep 23, 2011 4:14 PM

    >>Is that true about the lead pellets being outlawed, brock?<<

    Yes, the refs use unpopped popcorn now.

  31. holeinone09 says: Sep 23, 2011 4:19 PM

    Sympathy to the Brown family and Ravens and Browns fans. Too young. I remember the bean bag incident.

    A Steeler fan

  32. firstroyal says: Sep 23, 2011 4:27 PM

    @ kyleortonsarm-

    Young? That guy was 40. That’s pretty old.

    You are right- if you are twelve
    its all a matter of perspective

  33. edavidberg says: Sep 23, 2011 4:30 PM

    $25 million settlement on the lawsuit.

    Triplette had hit other players in the helmet that year, he was throwing the flag right at them rather than drop it near the play. I’m sure he didn’t mean to hit the guy in the eye but it was idiotic to be throwing it at them.

    RIP Mr. Brown.

  34. ppdoc13 says: Sep 23, 2011 4:54 PM

    @bertcampanaris – you are an a$$

    To the family and friends (ravensnation) – condolences

    To Zeus- rest in peace. My G-d provide your comfort and care

  35. zippy33 says: Sep 23, 2011 4:58 PM

    Wow Bert you are a real POS with that comment.

  36. claydefayette says: Sep 23, 2011 5:11 PM

    Good link to Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback.

    King’s number 3 thing he thinks he thinks for that week was, “I think Pete Carroll should start packing.” Could it be true now, or should he just be panicking?

  37. steeltownpride says: Sep 23, 2011 5:33 PM

    Life is short . Here today and gone tomorrow . RIP .

  38. steeltown56 says: Sep 23, 2011 6:31 PM

    Rest In Peace Orlando “zeus” Brown

  39. youboettcha says: Sep 24, 2011 1:01 AM

    I heard he got $15-20 million in the settlement.

  40. steelerfannomatterwhat says: Sep 24, 2011 11:48 AM

    Condolences to the Browns/Ravens and his family. And thank you for giving us that great footage of pushing the referee to the gound. Priceless.

  41. rajbais says: Sep 24, 2011 6:02 PM

    It’s sad that he passed away at such a young age.

    May “Zeus” rest in peace.

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