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John Brodie
Jersey #(s)
Born August 14, 1935 (1935-08-14) (age 74)
San Francisco, California
Career information
Year(s) 19571973
NFL Draft 1957 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
College Stanford
Professional teams
Career stats
TD-INT 214-224
Yards 31,548
QB Rating 72.3
Stats at
Career highlights and awards
John Brodie
Personal information
Full name John Riley Brodie
Born August 14, 1935 (1935-08-14) (age 74)
San Francisco, California
Nationality  United States
Status Professional
Former tour(s) Champions Tour
Professional wins 1
Number of wins by tour
Champions Tour 1
Best results in Major Championships
The Masters DNP
U.S. Open CUT: 1959, 1981
Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship DNP

John Riley Brodie (born August 14, 1935) is a former professional American football quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, and had a second career as a Senior PGA Tour professional golfer.




Playing career

Brodie was born in San Francisco, California. He grew up in the Montclair district of Oakland and attended Montclair Grammar (later Elementary) School and Oakland Technical High School and was a standout athlete even then. He went on to attend Stanford University, where he was admitted to the Zeta Psi fraternity. He was selected as a consensus All-America in 1956, his senior year. He first appeared with the 49ers as a rookie in 1957, seeing limited action. He got more playing time in 1958 through 1960, sharing time with Y.A. Tittle, and became the starter in 1961, (Tittle was traded to the New York Giants) holding that role through 1973.

He was among the leading passers in the league throughout the 1960s. His best statistical year was 1965 when he led the League in passing average (3,112 yards) and touchdowns (30). He appeared in the Pro Bowl in 1965 and 1970. Also, in 1970, he received the NFL's Most Valuable Player Award. When Brodie retired from the NFL, he ranked third in career passing yards, behind only Johnny Unitas and Fran Tarkenton.


After he retired from his football career, Brodie served as an NFL football and golf analyst for NBC Sports and competed as a professional golfer on the Senior PGA Tour (now the Champions Tour) from 1981 to 1998. He had one win and 12 top-10 finishes. He went on to make $735,000 on the seniors tour. He had the longest gap between appearances in the U.S. Open, missing the cut in both 1959 and 1981.

In 2006, Brodie's number 12 jersey was brought out of retirement and worn by Trent Dilfer, backup quarterback for the 49ers. Dilfer, a close personal friend of Brodie, hopes to bring attention to Brodie's bid for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1986.

Personal life

One of his daughters is Erin Brodie, who found some fame on television in 2003, while another daughter is married to former NFL quarterback Chris Chandler.

For many years Brodie was affiliated with the Church of Scientology and was one of their leading celebrity spokespersons. His experience with them soured during a Sea Org power struggle in which several of Brodie's friends were expelled and/or harassed, and Brodie resigned in solidarity with them. Said Brodie, "There were many in the church I felt were treated unfairly". [1] Prior to this, Brodie was one of the first 25 Scientologists to achieve the level of OTVII in the church.

Senior PGA Tour wins

See also


  1. ^ Sappell, Joel; Welkos, Robert W. (1990-06-25). "The Courting of Celebrities". Los Angeles Times: p. A18:5.,1,279442.story?coll=la-news-comment. Retrieved 2006-06-06.  Additional convenience link at [1].

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Preceded by
Roman Gabriel
AP NFL Most Valuable Player
1970 season
Succeeded by
Alan Page
Preceded by
Y.A. Tittle
San Francisco 49ers Starting Quarterbacks
Succeeded by
Steve Spurrier
Preceded by
Bobby Garrett
Stanford Starting Quarterbacks
Succeeded by
Jack Douglas


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