Charlie Brown was born on October 29, 1958 in Charleston, South Carolina. and played for St. John’s Island High School. He played college football at South Carolina State University and was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the 1981 NFL Draft. In his rookie season, he helped the Redskins win Super Bowl XVII. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1982 and 1983. He played six seasons in the NFL for the Washington Redskins and Atlanta Falcons.
He had 220 receptions for 3,548 yards and 25 touchdowns during his NFL career and earned the nickname Downtown Charlie Brown. He served as head coach for the Savannah High Blue Jackets and Kingstree Senior High School. He also served as an assistant coach for two College All-Star Bowl Games and the Medal of Honor Bowl National Team. In 1989, he received his certification as an educator. His goal was to give back, help kids stay on the right track, and reach their dreams.
He has held multiple free football camps for the underprivileged youth. The camps are sponsored by the Brown-McCrone Foundation, and are coached by Brown, local coaches, and former and current NFL players. He plans on expanding the camps to other communities outside of the low country in the future. He is a member of the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame (2004).
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