This Day in College Football History – January 10th

Ray Beck (March 17, 1931 – January 10, 2007) was a football player in the National Football League for the New York Giants in 1952 and from 1955 to 1957. Beck was born in Bowdon, Georgia and graduated from Cedartown High School. He played four years at Georgia Tech and had his best season his senior year in 1951, when the Yellow Jackets finished 11–0–1 including a 17–14 victory over Baylor in the Orange Bowl. He was named All-America by the Football Writers Association and the American Football Coaches Association, as well as Most Valuable Lineman in the Southeastern Conference. He missed the 1953–54 seasons due to military service during the Korean War. He later was president of a trucking company in the Atlanta area and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997.

Steve Jordan born January 10, 1961 was a standout tight end at Brown. During his senior season in 1981 he had 38 catches for 693 yard and earned first-team All-Ivy honors. Despite his success, Jordan never assumed he would make it in the NFL.Jordan was selected in the seventh round by the Vikings inn 1982 but he had also already lined up an engineering job in case things didn’t pan out in the NFL. Not only did Jordan make the team but he would play 13 years with the Vikings and make the Pro Bowl team six consecutive seasons. Jordan never gave up during his NFL career, battling through injuries, and off the field he never gave up on engineering, either. He worked a few summers during his pro football career for a Minneapolis construction company and upon retiring became a civil engineer.

Dave Brown (January 16, 1953 – January 10, 2006) was a cornerback in the National Football League for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1975), Seattle Seahawks (1976–86) and Green Bay Packers (1987–89). Born in Akron, Ohio, Brown’s football career started at Akron’s Garfield High School when he was 17 and continued on to the University of Michigan, where he was selected three times to the All-Big Ten team and was a unanimous All-American his senior year. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2007. Brown’s NFL career began promisingly, as he played a part in the Steelers’ championship team of 1975. The following spring, Brown was chosen by the Seahawks in their expansion draft. He spent ten years with the team, setting numerous franchise records. A cornerback, Brown tied an NFL record with two interception returns for touchdowns in a single game (4 November 1984 vs. the Kansas City Chiefs). He was selected to the Pro Bowl following the 1984 season. After leaving the Seahawks in 1986, he played four more years with the Packers, finally retiring in 1990. His sixty two career interceptions ranked seventh all-time at his retirement, and his fifty interceptions for Seattle remains the team record. He was elected to Seattle’s elite “Ring of Honor” in 1992, and that same year he returned to the Seahawks as their defensive backs coach, a position he held until 1998. In 2000, he was named to his alma mater Michigan’s All-Century team. In 2001 Brown was hired as the defensive backs coach for Texas Tech University in Lubbock. During his tenure the Red Raiders would go on to beat Clemson 55-15 in the 2002 Tangerine Bowl, beat Navy 38-14 in the 2003 Houston Bowl, beat California in the 45-31 in the 2004 Holiday Bowl and lose to Alabama 13-10 in the 2006 Cotton Bowl Classic. On January 10, 2006, Brown died in Lubbock after suffering an apparent heart attack while playing basketball with his son, just six days shy of his fifty-third birthday.

 

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