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Former Gators OT Lomas Brown to be inducted into College Football Hall of Fame


Lomas Brown, a former offensive tackle who played at Florida from 1981-84, will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on December 8 along with the rest of the Class of 2020, it was announced on Wednesday.

Brown joins several other high-profile members of the class like Steve McNair, Eric Dickerson and Eric Crouch.

A team captain at UF, Brown started 31 games under coaches Charley Pell and Galen Hall. During his final season in 1984, he was a First Team All-SEC honoree and a consensus First Team All-American selection.

He was part of a talented Gators offensive line touted “The Great Wall of Florida” and won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy for being the best blocker in the SEC during his final year. The same season, UF’s excellent offensive front, along with quarterback Kerwin Bell, led the team to a 9-1-1 record and the first SEC title in school history, which was later stripped due to NCAA violations committed by Pell and his staff.

After his time in Gainesville, Brown had a lengthy NFL career. He was taken sixth overall in the 1985 NFL draft and played in the league for 18 seasons, playing for the Detroit Lions (1985-95), Arizona Cardinals (1996-98), Cleveland Browns (1999), New York Giants (2000-01) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2002).

He became a Super Bowl champion in the final season of his career, winning Super Bowl XXXVII with Tampa Bay.

Brown was a Pro Bowler for seven straight seasons from 1990-96 and was a three-time First Team All-Pro. He also earned three Second Team All-Pro honors.

He is the ninth Gator to make it to the College Football Hall of Fame, joining his former teammate Wilber Marshall, who was inducted in 2008.


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