A former Ohio State football player has passed away. Leo Brown, who played under head coach Woody Hayes, died this weekend at his home, in Lakewood, Colo., according to a release from the Ohio State Department of Athletics.
Brown was 84. He was a three-year Varsity O letterman for Ohio State from 1955-57 and played on the 1955 Big Ten championship team and the 1957 team that won the UPI national championship.
From the release:
Leo Brown, a standout performer on Woody Hayes’ Ohio State teams in the mid-1950s and the first African-American captain in program history, died this weekend at his home, in Lakewood, Colo. A nephew, Henry Brown, contacted the Ohio State Department of Athletics with the news of Brown’s passing. He was 84.
Brown earned first-team all-Big Ten honors as a junior in 1956 before being selected as the first African American captain in the program's history as a senior in 1957, along with Galen Cisco.
Following his career at Ohio State, Brown enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he worked as a maxillofacial surgeon for over 20 years before retiring as a colonel.