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Brown Bears football

Brown Bears
2015 Brown Bears football team
First season 1878
Athletic director Jack Hayes
Head coach Phil Estes
18th year, 103–66 (.609)
Home stadium Brown Stadium
Stadium capacity 20,000
Stadium surface Grass
Location Providence, RI
League NCAA Division I (FCS)
Conference Ivy League
All-time record 589–548–40 (.517)
Postseason bowl record 0–1 (.000)
Claimed national titles 0
Conference titles 4
Division titles 0
Heisman winners 0
Consensus All-Americans Zach Burns, Stephen Campbell, Nick Hartigan, Sean Morey, Chas Gessner, Zak DeOssie, Orland Smith, Frank Meadow, Bob Warden, Jamie Gasparella
Current uniform

Seal brown, Cardinal red, and White

Fight song Ever True
Marching band Brown University Band
Rivals Harvard Crimson
Penn Quakers
For information on all Brown University sports, see Brown Bears

The Brown Bears football program is the intercollegiate American football team for Brown University located in the U.S. state of Rhode Island. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Ivy League. Brown's first football team was fielded in 1878. The team plays its home games at the 20,000 seat Brown Stadium in Providence, Rhode Island. The Bears are coached by Phil Estes.


  • History 1
  • Notable former players 2
    • Alumni in the NFL Draft 2.1
  • Key 3
  • Year-by-year results 4
  • Championships 5
    • Conference championships 5.1
  • Bowl game appearances 6
  • Rivalries 7
    • Harvard 7.1
    • University of Rhode Island 7.2
  • References 8
  • External links 9


In the middle of the 1926 season, the “Iron Men” came into being when the same 11 players played against Yale for 60 minutes and a 7-0 win. The next week the same 11 players played without substitution against Dartmouth and won 10-0. Two weeks later the Iron Men played 58 minutes against Harvard, but in the last two minutes the substitutes came in to earn their letters. Brown won all its games that year until the Thanksgiving game against Colgate ended in a 10-10 tie. The famed “Iron Men” were Thurston Towle ’28, Paul Hodge ’28, Orland Smith ’27, Charles Considine ’28, Lou Farber ’29, Ed Kevorkian ’29, Hal Broda ’27, Al Cornsweet ’29, Dave Mishel ’27, Ed Lawrence ’28, and Roy Randall ’28.

Brown players elected to the College Football Hall of Fame are John W. Heisman 1891, DeOrmond McLaughry, Frederick D. Pollard ’19, Edward North Robinson 1896, and Wallace Wade ’17.

Notable former players

Alumni in the NFL Draft


B Back K Kicker NT Nose tackle
C Center LB Linebacker FB Fullback
DB Defensive back P Punter HB Halfback
DE Defensive end QB Quarterback WR Wide receiver
DT Defensive tackle RB Running back G Guard
E End T Offensive tackle TE Tight end
Year Round Pick in round Overall pick Player Team Position
2010 7 34 241 David Howard Titans DT
2007 4 17 116 Zak DeOssie Giants LB
1999 7 35 241 Sean Morey Patriots WR
1982 7 12 179 Steve Jordan Vikings TE
1981 6 4 142 John Woodring Jets LB
1980 3 4 60 John Sinnott Cardinals T
1979 12 10 313 Bob Forster Lions C
1976 7 5 187 Bob Bateman Bengals QB
1967 7 16 175 Joe Randall Cardinals K
1966 5 12 76 Bob Hall Vikings DB
1960 12 8 140 Tom Budrewicz Bears T
1958 10 2 111 Gil Robertshaw Cardinals T
1952 28 11 336 John Pietro Browns G
1951 9 8 106 Don Colo Yanks T
1950 3 1 28 Don Colo Colts T
1950 12 4 148 Bucky Walters Lions T
1950 12 13 157 Frank Mahoney Eagles E
1947 24 7 222 Tom Dorsey Cardinals B
1946 6 5 45 Jim Lalikos Giants T
1946 17 2 152 Charley Tiedeman Yanks B
1945 21 9 217 Phil Teschner Eagles T
1945 28 10 295 Charley Anthony Giants B
1944 6 4 47 Dan Savage Steelers B
1944 21 8 216 Hank Margarita Bears B
1943 19 5 175 Jay Fidler Rams T
1940 3 10 25 John McLaughry Giants B
1939 16 4 144 Irv Hall Eagles B[1]

Notable alumni not in an NFL Draft include:

Year-by-year results



They have never won the national championship.

Conference championships

Bowl game appearances

Season Date Bowl W/L Opponent PF PA Coach Notes
1915 January 1, 1916 Rose Bowl L Washington State 0 14 Eddie N. Robinson notes
Total 1 bowl game 0–1 0 14



The Bears and Crimson meet annually in the first game of the Ivy League football season. The result of the game almost always determines how the season will play out. In 2008, Brown beat Harvard for the first time in nearly a decade, 24-22, in Providence. The two teams would end up sharing the Ivy League title with matching 6-1 records.

University of Rhode Island


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External links

  • Official website
  • "Encyclopedia Brunoniana," by Martha Mitchell, Brown University
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