A former college football star and legendary USC Trojans icon has reportedly passed away.
Willie Brown, a California native who starred for the Trojans in the 1960s and has since become a major part of USC's program/campus, has unfortunately died, according to multiple reports.
Multiple USC personnel shared the tough news on Twitter.
"To the Trojan family, Our dearly beloved Coach Willie Brown a true legend has passed away this morning. Let’s make sure we keep his family lifted up in prayer."
"RIP to a great Trojan Willie Brown. He was an honorable man who dedicated his life to the betterment of the youth. So glad I got to say bye."
Here's USC on Brown:
Safe to say, Brown helped the baseball team, but his talents were more famously witnessed on the gridiron, as he became the first I-formation tailback in John McKay’s offense and helped the Trojans to their first national championship in 23 years in 1962. That year, the junior led the team in rushing, interceptions, punt returns and kickoff returns, and was the second leading receiver.
“It was great for me,” he laughs. “I got the ball all the time. Everyone loved it because we could see that the defense didn’t know what to do. What John McKay did in installing that offense was revolutionary in college football. They were running me in motion and lining me up seven-yards deep. The things that he did from an innovation standpoint, other teams couldn’t handle.”
This story encapsulates everything Brown did and meant to the USC family. It's very much worth a read.