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Former Ohio State Player Leo Brown Passed Away

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 01: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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.

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