Hall of Fame wide receiver Tim Brown played seven seasons with the Raiders in Los Angeles, then eight more with the Raiders in Oakland. So Brown’s advice for Rams players headed to Los Angeles to begin play in 2016 should be heeded.
“It’s really great to see Los Angeles get back into football,” Brown said. “It’s a great area for football but it can be tough because if you’re 4-6 and somebody has a choice between going to the beach and going to the game, the beach may win out.”
Brown stopped by PFT Live at Radio Row in San Francisco on Tuesday. He said he wants to see the uncertainty surrounding the Raiders “settle” and the team strike a deal to remain in Oakland.
“I believe the franchise belongs in Oakland,” Brown said. “I just don’t believe the money is there.”
As far as the Rams winning in L.A. to keep the attention of fans, Brown said the 2016 Rams will find life much easier than the Raiders found it in 1995.
“The hardest part of the move was we didn’t find out until, like, May,” he said. “We had to live in L.A. Everything stayed down there. We practiced there, lived there, trained there, then flew up for the games.
“We had 20 road games. We actually played pretty well. We were maybe 8-2 but then Jeff Hostetler got hurt and we didn’t get in the playoffs. Making the move before we actually could move, that was tough.”
Brown was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame last year. Watch the whole interview, including Brown discussing his Super Bowl and Heisman Trophy experiences, below.