Willie Brown is stepping down

After spending nearly four decades in the Raiders’ organization, Hall of Famer Willie Brown has announced his retirement.

Brown has been the Director of Squad Development for the last 15 years while also serving as a defensive backs assistant.   

While the Bay Area media was snooping around the team facility, looking for clues on the Tom Cable’s employment status, Brown dropped a bombshell in very unsuspecting fashion.

You can see the CSN video here.

After being asked the usual questions regarding the coaching staff, Brown said he was retiring as he drove off.  His announcement comes in very unceremonious fashion and has yet to be confirmed by the organization.

As a cornerback, Brown will always be remembered as a member of the Raiders’ legendary secondary affectionately known as the Soul Patrol. The signature moment of his career would be when he picked off Fran Tarkenton and went 75-yards to paydirt in the Super Bowl XI.

Brown’s football pedigree can be traced to his college days when played for legendary coach Eddie Robinson at Grambling State University before eventually finding his way to the Oakland Raiders where he blossomed into a Hall of Fame defender under the tutelage of John Madden and Al Davis.

As a coach, he has worked with some of the best defensive backs to ever play the game including Hall of Famer Rod Woodson, 2009 NFL defensive player of the year Charles Woodson and the best shutdown cornerback currently playing pro football, Nnamdi Asomugha.

His departure fuels more speculation regarding the future of the current coaching staff in Oakland. Perhaps this is a sign of more changes to come.

Raider Nation cannot thank Willie Brown enough for all of his contributions to the Silver and Black. His legacy will forever be intertwined with the glorious past that helped to establish the Oakland Raiders as one of the paramount franchises in sports.

 

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