Bob Brown now a member of the Hall-of-Fame

The Oakland Raiders had today off on the practice field but not in the Hall-of-Fame ceremony.

Bob Brown, who played offensive tackle for the Oakland Raiders from 1971-1973, was inducted into the Hall-of-Fame in Canton, Ohio, Sunday along with Minnesota defensive end Carl Eller, Denver quarterback John Elway and running back Barry Sanders.

Brown, a native of nearby Cleveland, made five All-Pro teams and six Pro Bowls playing for the Eagles, Rams and Raiders. A ferocious run blocker and pass protector, Brown was nicknamed "Boomer" for his hits. Brown becomes the 16th Raider to be inducted in the Hall-of-Fame.

"I brought the need to be the best (and) an uncompromising work ethic," he said. "I'm proud and privileged to have my name mentioned with such offensive linemen as Art Shell, Gene Upshaw, Jim Otto and Ron Mix. Better has not been born yet."

Then turning to the other Hall members, he added: "I am thrilled and eager to embrace you, my band of brothers."

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