• Sat. Jun 25th, 2022

Story and photo by Michael Mitchell

Former Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Ross Browner died from complications from COVID on January 5 at the age of 67.

Browner was selected as the Bengals eighth overall draft pick in 1978 and he played from 1978-1986, playing in the 1981 Super Bowl where he set a record for tackles with 10 and a sack against the San Francisco 49ers, although the Bengals lost of 26-21.

Ross Browner, with his wife Shayla, at the Bengals 50th Anniversary celebration in 2017.

Browner was a two-time All American at Notre Dame helping the Irish win two national titles in 1973 and 1977. He won the Outland Trophy in 1976, UPI Lineman of the year in 1976, Maxwell Award in 1977, Lombardi Award in 1977, UPI Lineman of the Year in 1977, and All-Rookie in 1978. In 1999, he was inducted into the College Hall of Fame.

His wife Shayla and two sons survive him.