Philadelphia Eagles legend Timmy Brown passes at 82, 3 thoughts

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Philadelphia Eagles great Timmy Brown will be remembered for his hustle, for being a member of a very special team, and believe it or not, for being a great actor.

For the second time in less than a week, news broke that the Philadelphia Eagles lost a member of a family that’s been growing for almost 87 years now. Not even two days ago, news broke that the beloved Tom Dempsey passed at 73 years young. Two days later we remember the lives of another “Birds” legend, Timmy Brown.

Saturday, he left us all after 83 years of life. The Eagles broke the news on April 7th via the team website thanks to some amazing writing by the great Ray Didinger.

Here’s a statement from Eagles chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie.

Here are three thoughts.

1. Nothing beats two NFL Championships and a nice acting career.

Brown spent eight seasons with the Eagles, helping them to an NFL Championship in 1960 over Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers. That would be the only playoff loss Lombardi would endure.

He’d win another NFL championship as a member of the 1968 Baltimore Colts before a successful run as an actor followed. He lived his life to the fullest

2. Of course, we have to bring up the numbers.

A halfback, a kick return ace, and a punt return specialist, Brown racked up 3,703 yards rushing and 29 touchdowns on the ground, another 3,346 yards and 26 touchdowns through the air, 514 yards and a touchdown as a punt returner, and 4,483 yards and five touchdowns as a kick returner.

3. How about a few reactionary tweets?

There’s been a nice outpouring of love following the news. Here are a few tweets commemorating the life of a legend.

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As fans, we’ll always remember the stories our grandfathers told us about an Eagles great. As people, we all, no doubt, have his family in our thoughts and prayers.