Ohio State Football 1957 Captain Leo Brown Passes

Ohio State Football 1957 Captain Leo Brown Passes

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Ohio State Football 1957 Captain Leo Brown Passes


We have sad news to pass along. Leo Brown, one of the captain’s of the 1957 national championship team has passed away.


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Ohio State Football 1957 Captain Leo Brown Passes

Leo Brown — Ohio State’s first African-American captain — has passed away at his home in Lakewood, Colorado this weekend.

Brown was a two-way performer, and played for Woody Hayes in the mid- 1950’s. He was a two way player and part of the UPI national championship team of 1957.

Here is the complete release by Ohio State:

1957 Captain & National Champion Leo Brown Passes  

Program’s first African-American captain became an oral surgeon and an Air Force colonel

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Leo Brown, a standout performer on Woody Hayes’ Ohio State teams in the mid-1950s and the first African-American captain in program history, died this weekend at his home, in Lakewood, Colo. A nephew, Henry Brown, contacted the Ohio State Department of Athletics with the news of Brown’s passing. He was 84.

Born in 1934 and a native of Portsmouth, Ohio, Brown was a three-year Varsity O letterman for Ohio State from 1955-57. He played on the 1955 Big Ten championship team, the 1956 team that set a Big Ten Conference record by reaching 17 consecutive conference victories, and the 1957 team that won the UPI national championship, the third national title for Ohio State football and the second under Hayes.

An end who played both ways on the field, Brown earned first-team all-Big Ten honors as a junior in 1956 before being selected as a team captain as a senior in 1957, along with Galen Cisco.

Following his Ohio State career, which included his becoming a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Brown enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he worked as a maxillofacial surgeon for over 20 years before retiring as a colonel.

Services for Brown will be Monday, March 26, at St. Paul’s Community Church in Lakewood, Colo., with a military burial service to follow at Ft. Logan Veteran’s Cemetery in Denver.

Here at Buckeye Wire, our thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends.

 

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