It is with heavy hearts that the Oakland Raiders, Raider Nation, and the NFL mourn the loss of Hall of Famer, Willie Brown.
Brown's impact on the game of football can't be emphasized enough, but even after his playing days were over, he continued to mentor the next generation of Raiders football players, and remain active within the organization.
He will be missed dearly by all; below are the reactions from news of his passing.
@Raiders my heart is truly heavy hearing the news my friend Willie Brown has passed away. From almost day one, we connected because of our last names, he would tell me "You can't have that name on that Jersey and not play well!"! Won't be the same w/o 24!! RIP name sake!!— Tim Brown (@81TimBrown) October 22, 2019
Raiders HOF defensive back and longtime member of Raiders organization Willie Brown has died at 78. Brown played for 16 seasons between Broncos (1963-66) and Raiders (1967-78). Brown was enshrined in Canton in 1984— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) October 22, 2019
Rest in Peace Willie Brown. Amazing player.. a Raider in the truest sense of the word.— Eddie Borsilli (@Borsilli) October 22, 2019
I just received news that old school HBCU Alum and Mr. Raider, Willie Brown has passed. My condolences to the Brown family. A devoted Grambling alum and one of the best DB’s to ever put on a uniform! RIP Willie!— Everson Walls (@Walls_24) October 22, 2019
Willie Brown loved joking about how he thought he made Oilers as UDFA in 1963 because they had a quota for black players, but believed wrongly it was larger than 5; he was No. 6. Loved this man, one of the nicest, most humble humans I've ever met. Rest easy, my friend. #MrRaider— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) October 22, 2019
My heart is broken. Just found out... RIP Willie Brown. Great player, better man! Truly my privilege to be coached by you. Rest easy OG ✊🏾— Mike Mitchell (@iammikemitchell) October 22, 2019
🙏🏿Mr. Brown a kind and gentle soul. I could easily speak upon your greatness as a football player (well deserved) but Willie Brown the Man, my neighbor the past 20 years who brought so much sunshine and joy to the community is whom I will miss the most. RIP and Live Eternally🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/WHKKTnXI9A— MC HAMMER (@MCHammer) October 22, 2019
RIP Willie Brown. And prayers to his loved ones. Other than Mr. Davis when I think of the Raiders I think of Mr. Willle B. A True Raider! You changed the game. You’ll be missed.— Darrius Heyward-Bey (@theDHB85) October 22, 2019
Thank you #WillieBrown for your mentorship during my playing career and your contribution to the game. I will never forget the encouragement you gave me as a free agent with the @Raiders. RIP Willie Brown #RaiderNation loves you! pic.twitter.com/083bjMcvTA— Akbar Gbajabiamila (@Akbar_Gbaja) October 22, 2019
RIP Willie Brown...😔🖤— MaddMaxx (@CrosbyMaxx) October 22, 2019
Saddened to hear the news of Willie Brown passing away. A selfless individual who everybody loved. He represented the Raiders with his whole heart. I will miss you Famer!— Jon Condo (@JonCondo) October 22, 2019
Dam I’m sick Rt now R.I.P Willie brown— lamarr houston (@Hupernikao9s) October 22, 2019
RIH Willie B 🖤😔— Jalen Richard (@RocketRich30) October 22, 2019
RIP Willie B 🙏🏽— Erik Harris (@e_harris_31) October 22, 2019
RIP Willie Brown. Can’t thank you enough for helping a young Raider after being drafted. Not only did you coach but also held the Player Development title and helped so many of us throughout our years in the Silver & Black. You are a Legend and the original @Raiders 24. #BlueGo— Kirk Morrison (@kirkmorrison) October 22, 2019
Its sad to hear that my friend and great person, has passed. Willie Brown was one of the best DBs ever to play in NFL. My condolences go out to his family. God Bless.— Harold Carmichael (@lookitin) October 22, 2019
Man I hate to hear we lost a legend from our Raider family. I’m at a loss for words. Rest up Willie Brown you’ll forever be missed.— Darren McFadden (@dmcfadden20) October 22, 2019
Man this one hit me hard! RIP Willie Brown just a great all around man. Kept us laughing and taught us so much about life and how to be professionals... rest easy Famer— Tyvon Branch (@tyvonbranch) October 22, 2019