Tributes begin for Pete Brown


The Bengals lost one of the architects of Paul Brown's record-breaking expansion team of 1968 and the Super Bowl teams of the 1980s with Tuesday's death of senior vice president for player personnel Pete Brown.

After Bengals president Mike Brown announced the death of his younger brother Wednesday morning, reaction began to pour into Paul Brown Stadium.

Gil Brandt, draft and former Cowboys player personnel chief: "An all-around class guy that probably never got credit for as much  as he did and the things he accomplished … I have the utmost respect for him."

Ken Riley, all-time Bengals leaders in games played: "Pete was always around training camp, but he was quiet. I liked the way he carried himself. Quiet. Friendly. Wouldn't say much. You didn't see him often, but you knew he was around doing his job and he did it well …. If you at a lot of talent on those (early) teams, it was from small schools and, yeah, he had to be  plugged in."

Ray "Rock," Oliver: University of Kentucky assistant athletic director and former Bengals assistant strength coach: "He knew about as much football as anyone I ever met. It's a sad day for Bengals' fans, but it should also be a great celebration of what the guy is. As smart of a guy as you'll ever meet. He knew players. I've known him for 30 years. I remember when I was coaching at Pitt and we had a bunch of NFL prospects. And by the end of it, he was telling me things about my guys that I didn't know."

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