Minnesota Vikings legend Bill Brown dies at the age of 80.

Was inducted into the team's "Ring of Honor" in 2004

Susie Jones
November 05, 2018 - 10:06 am

Minnesota Vikings


Minnesota Vikings legend Bill Brown passed away Sunday morning.   The four-time Pro Bowler played 13 seasons for the Vikings after arriving in Minnesota via a trade with the Chicago Bears, who selected him in the second round of the 1961 NFL Draft. 

Before Sunday's game, the Vikings held a moment of silence in Brown’s honor and Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf released the following statement:

“For 13 years as a Minnesota Viking, Bill “Boom Boom” Brown led the team’s rushing attack and established himself as one of the most physical players in the NFL. He embodied all the characteristics the Vikings continue to instill in players today — tough, disciplined, selfless — and became an immediate fan favorite. After his playing days were over, Bill stayed in Minnesota and proudly represented the franchise as an active alum. He will be greatly missed by Vikings alumni, staff and fans. Our prayers are with the entire Brown family at this time."

Former Viking player Chuck Foreman described Brown as a friend, "He was just special", Foreman told WCCO Radio's Eric Nelson Sunday night.  "He made everyone around him feel special too."

Foreman said when he came into the league, Brown helped him very much. "He shared his knowledge, and taught me the in's and out's of the NFL."

Brown was selected to the 50 Greatest Vikings during the team’s 50th season celebration.