Ruben Brown was a stalwart on the Buffalo Bills’ offensive line in the late 1990s and early 2000s. In an era when big money was being spent only on left tackles, Brown was overshadowed by bigger names but his play was always exceptional.
Eight consecutive Pro Bowls for Brown should prove his point, but from his second season all the way through age 31, Brown was a perennial Pro Bowler. Only three Bills have eight or more all-star games, and Bruce Smith (11 Pro Bowls) and Billy Shaw (eight-time AFL All-Star) are both in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in addition to being on the team’s Wall of Fame.
Three times with the Bills, he was named second-team All-Pro. He’s a member of the Bills’ 50th anniversary team and was honored as the team’s Walter Payton Man of the Year three times. (Every other offensive lineman of the 50th anniversary team is already on the Wall of Fame.) Nine seasons, 136 games plus four playoff games and no one ever took his spot.
Brown left the Bills in free agency following the 2003 season. He played four very up-and-down years with the Chicago Bears before retiring. It’s been 16 years since he played in Buffalo and 13 years since he played in the NFL. It’s time for Brown to go up on the Wall.