The end of the NFL season means the return of the Green Bay Packers midweek movie, and for the first entry of the off season, we will focus on a Super Bowl champion.
For ten years Gilbert Brown was the centerpiece of the Packers defense. An immovable force in the middle of the defensive line, Brown occupied multiple blockers to free up other defenders to make plays, making it impossible for opposing offenses to run in the middle of the Packers defense.
He became a folk hero in Packernation in the process.
His sack celebration gave him the moniker “The Gravedigger”, a nickname which has followed him to this day.
Burgers were named in his honor, both during his playing career:
Brown was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 2008, forever entrenching his place in Packers history.
These days, Gilbert involves himself with his foundation, making public appearances which help promote the mission of its existence:
The Gilbert Brown Foundation’s mission is to service youth in an environment that promotes structure and life skills awareness, by introducing team building skills and promoting diversity in the community.
He is also the Head Coach of the Green Bay Chill of the Legends Football League.
Twitter friend Dale H. Decker returns with an excellent video tribute to the playing career of this Packers legend. It will bring back some excellent memories of the early years of the Packers resurrection, including their Super Bowl XXXI championship.
John Rehor is a writer at PackersTalk.com.
He can also be heard as one of the Co-Hosts of Cheesehead Radio. ---------------------
He can also be heard as one of the Co-Hosts of Cheesehead Radio.You can follow John on twitter at jrehor or email him at [email protected].