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Cliff Brown
Place of birth: Middletown, PA
Career information
Position(s): Quarterback, Placekicker, Running back
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Jersey №: 8
College: Notre Dame
NFL Draft: 1974 / Round: 11 / Pick: 427
 As player:
1974 Philadelphia Eagles

Cliff Brown is a former American football quarterback for the University of Notre Dame, and was the first African American quarterback to start a game for the prestigious program.[1]

Following the graduation of future Hall-of-Famer Joe Theismann in 1971, Irish head coach Ara Parseghian selected Pat Steenberge to start the first two games in the fall. Following a leg injury to Steenberge, backup Bill Etter would start the next two games, but then he too would go down with a knee injury that would end his season.[2] Cliff Brown was then forced into action in the second quarter against Miami, and would lead the team to a 17-0 victory. Brown would start all games through the remainder of the season, losing only to USC and LSU.[1]

The following year, Brown would yield the starting job to sophomore Tom Clements, but would remain the primary backup over the next two years. Brown's last touchdown at Notre Dame would come in the final regular-season game of the 1973 national championship season—a 6-yard run at the end of a 44-0 rout of Miami.[3] Brown would be selected in the 11th round of the 1974 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles as a running back,[4] but he would not make the final roster.


  1. ^ a b Schoor, Gene. 100 Years of Notre Dame Football. New York: Morrow (1987). p.184-186
  2. ^ "QB Battles And Results". Blue and Gold. Retrieved 2007-12-17.  
  3. ^ "1973 Notre Dame at Miami". College Football Belt. Retrieved 2007-12-17.  
  4. ^ "Notre Dame NFL Draft History". Retrieved 2007-12-17.  
Preceded by
Bill Etter
Notre Dame starting quarterbacks
Succeeded by
Tom Clements


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