After a stellar, 16-year career, Willie Brown was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1984.
During his dozen seasons in Silver and Black, Brown recorded 39 interceptions, and delivered dozens of memorable moments; here are 10 of his best.
10. The Oakland Raiders acquired cornerback Willie Brown in a trade with the Denver Broncos reported on January 22, 1967, in the Oakland Tribune. The Raiders also received quarterback Mickey Slaughter in the deal that sent lineman Rex Mirich to Denver.
9. On October 7, 1967, Brown recorded his first two interceptions as a Raider, both off New York Jets Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath, in a 27-14 loss at Shea Stadium in New York, the Raiders only loss of the season.
8. Brown recorded his first interception return for a touchdown as a Raider, 25 yards off Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame quarterback Len Dawson, in a 44-22 win over the Chiefs at Kansas City Municicpal Stadium. This was also Brown’s second game recording multiple interceptions as a Raider.
7. In the 1967 AFL Championship Game, a 40-7 Raiders win over the Houston Oilers, Brown recorded his first postseason interception as a Raider. He also had an interception against Houston in the regular season, his seventh of the season.
Willie Brown will forever be cherished as a true Raider. He was an integral part of the organization through six decades. His leadership and presence will always be a major part of the fabric of the Raiders Family.
6. He recorded his second and last regular season pick six as a Raider on September 21, 1968, in a 47-21 win over the Miami Dolphins.
5. Brown grabbed his second postseason interception in a 41-6 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the 1969 AFL Western Division Playoffs in Oakland.
4. Brown recorded his third game with multiple interceptions as a Raider on September 20, 1969, in a 20-17 win over the Miami Dolphins. He did it three more times – three INTs in 1972 in a 45-17 win over the LA Rams, 2 in a 21-17 win over the Broncos in 1973, and two INTs vs Seattle in a 44-7 in 1977.
3. Brown chalked up his first playoff interception return for a touchdown as a Raider in a 21-14 win over the Miami Dolphins in the 1970 AFC Divisional Playoffs in Oakland.
2. He recorded his second playoff interception return for a touchdown in the 1973 AFC Divisional Playoffs, a 33-14 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Oakland.
1. “Old Man Willie” recorded one of the most important interceptions in team history in the Raiders’ 32-14 win over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI, racing for a then-Super Bowl record 75 yards and a touchdown to put the Silver and Black up 32-7 in the fourth quarter, sealing the victory.