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Published: Oct. 22, 2019 at 03:29 p.m.

Through The Years: Willie Brown

Hall of Fame defensive back Willie Brown, a longtime player, coach and administrator with the Oakland Raiders, has died at 78. A cornerback who played 16 seasons -- four to begin his career with the Denver Broncos and the final 12 with the Raiders in Oakland -- Brown was a nine-time Pro Bowler, five-time All-Pro selection and 1984 Hall of Fame enshrinee.

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  • Oakland Raiders Hall of Fame cornerback Willie Brown (24) shown circa 1960s. 17

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    Willie Brown

    Oakland Raiders Hall of Fame cornerback Willie Brown (24) shown circa 1960s.

  • Oakland Raiders Hall of Fame cornerback Willie Brown (24) shown circa 1960s. 16

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    Willie Brown

    Oakland Raiders Hall of Fame cornerback Willie Brown (24) shown circa 1960s.

  • Kansas City wide receiver Frank Pitts (25) and Raiders defensive back Willie Brown (24) try to get their hands on the Chiefs' pass but it eludes both of them in the first quarter at Oakland, Dec. 12, 1970. 15

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    Frank Pitts, Willie Brown

    Kansas City wide receiver Frank Pitts (25) and Raiders defensive back Willie Brown (24) try to get their hands on the Chiefs' pass but it eludes both of them in the first quarter at Oakland, Dec. 12, 1970.

  • Oakland Raiders defensive back Willie Brown (24) is seen in action during an AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Dec. 23, 1972, at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pa. 14

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    Willie Brown

    Oakland Raiders defensive back Willie Brown (24) is seen in action during an AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Dec. 23, 1972, at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pa.

  • Oakland Raiders cornerback Willie Brown (24) is seen in this undated photo. 13

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    Willie Brown

    Oakland Raiders cornerback Willie Brown (24) is seen in this undated photo.

  • Intended receiver Ken Burrough (00) hangs on to Raiders' Willie Brown (24) after Brown intercepted a Dan Pastorini pass in fourth quarter action at Oakland on Sunday, Nov. 14, 1977. Raiders edged Houston Oilers, 34-29. 12

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    Ken Burrough, Willie Brown

    Intended receiver Ken Burrough (00) hangs on to Raiders' Willie Brown (24) after Brown intercepted a Dan Pastorini pass in fourth quarter action at Oakland on Sunday, Nov. 14, 1977. Raiders edged Houston Oilers, 34-29.

  • Hall of Fame Oakland Raiders cornerback Willie Brown intercepts for a 75-yard return  touchdown during Super Bowl XI on Jan.  9, 1977, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. The Oakland Raiders defeated the Minnesota Vikings by the score of 32-14. 11

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    Willie Brown

    Hall of Fame Oakland Raiders cornerback Willie Brown intercepts for a 75-yard return touchdown during Super Bowl XI on Jan. 9, 1977, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. The Oakland Raiders defeated the Minnesota Vikings by the score of 32-14.

  • Los Angeles Raiders cornerback Lester Hayes (37) consults with secondary coach Willie Brown during an NFL game against the Seattle Seahawks in Los Angeles, Oct. 30, 1983. The Seahawks defeated the Raiders 34-21. 10

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    Lester Hayes, Willie Brown

    Los Angeles Raiders cornerback Lester Hayes (37) consults with secondary coach Willie Brown during an NFL game against the Seattle Seahawks in Los Angeles, Oct. 30, 1983. The Seahawks defeated the Raiders 34-21.

  • Oakland Raiders assistant coach Willie Brown and head coach Tom Flores watches from the sidelines during an NFL game against the Los Angeles Rams in Oakland, Sept. 2, 1979. The Raiders defeated the Rams 24-17. 9

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    Willie Brown, Tom Flores

    Oakland Raiders assistant coach Willie Brown and head coach Tom Flores watches from the sidelines during an NFL game against the Los Angeles Rams in Oakland, Sept. 2, 1979. The Raiders defeated the Rams 24-17.

  • Oakland Raiders assistant coach Willie Brown watch as the Raiders defeat the Philadelphia Eagles 27 - 10 in Super Bowl XV on January 25, 1981 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. 8

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    Willie Brown

    Oakland Raiders assistant coach Willie Brown watch as the Raiders defeat the Philadelphia Eagles 27 - 10 in Super Bowl XV on January 25, 1981 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

  • Oakland Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, left, talks with coach Willie Brown, right, during their football training camp in Napa, Calif., Thursday, July 31, 2008. 7

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    Willie Brown, Nnamdi Asomugha

    Oakland Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, left, talks with coach Willie Brown, right, during their football training camp in Napa, Calif., Thursday, July 31, 2008.

  • Oakland Raiders Hall of Fame cornerback Willie Brown, now the Raiders' defensive backs coach, speaks during a news conference at the Raiders NFL football training camp in Alameda, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008. 6

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    Willie Brown

    Oakland Raiders Hall of Fame cornerback Willie Brown, now the Raiders' defensive backs coach, speaks during a news conference at the Raiders NFL football training camp in Alameda, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008.

  • Former NFL player Willie Brown talks with Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable during the second quarter of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010. 5

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    Willie Brown, Tom Cable

    Former NFL player Willie Brown talks with Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable during the second quarter of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010.

  • Former NFL players Bo Jackson, left, and Willie Brown talks to Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis, right, before an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in Chicago. 4

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    Bo Jackson, Willie Brown, Mark Davis

    Former NFL players Bo Jackson, left, and Willie Brown talks to Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis, right, before an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in Chicago.

  • Former Oakland Raiders player Willie Brown announces a pick in the 2013 NFL Draft on April 26, 2013 at Radio City Music Hall in New York, NY. 3

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    Willie Brown

    Former Oakland Raiders player Willie Brown announces a pick in the 2013 NFL Draft on April 26, 2013 at Radio City Music Hall in New York, NY.

  • Cleveland Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown and Oakland Raiders Hall of Fame cornerback Willie Brown look on backstage during the 2018 NFL Draft on Friday, April 27, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. 2

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    Jim Brown, Willie Brown

    Cleveland Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown and Oakland Raiders Hall of Fame cornerback Willie Brown look on backstage during the 2018 NFL Draft on Friday, April 27, 2018 in Arlington, Texas.

  • Pro Football Hall of Famer Willie Brown before an NFL football game between the Oakland Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. 1

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    Willie Brown

    Pro Football Hall of Famer Willie Brown before an NFL football game between the Oakland Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017.