Where are they now: Gilbert Brown


While Gilbert Brown won’t hold any Green Bay records, he is one of the most memorable defensive linemen in Packers history. Brown posted 257 combined tackles and seven sacks in his 10-year career with the Packers, which isn’t exactly something to boast about. However, it was in his incidents off the field that Brown is best known for.

Initially drafted by the Minnesota Vikings, Brown was cut due to his weight. The Packers needed some help on the inside and picked up the defensive tackle, who tipped the scales at over 350 pounds. Brown’s first two seasons were cut short by an ACL tear and an elbow injury, but the defensive tackle continued to work off some weight in practice.

In 1996, Brown had the best season of his career with 51 combined tackles and a sack. More importantly, he was part of a Green Bay defense that allowed only 19 touchdowns, a league record. The Packers won the Super Bowl that year and Brown was a highly sought free agent. He declined a raise to stay with the Packers. In 1997, Brown posted 3.0 sacks, tying his career high. In 2003, Brown was released after 125 games in a Packers uniform. He has 15 postseason games under his belt for Green Bay, second to Brett Favre(22).

Brown was liked and easy to spot. His “Gravedigger” dance was a fan favorite. Off the field, he is best known for starting the “Gilbertburger” promotion in Wisconsin Burger King locations. Brown would regularly order that at a Burger King location in Green Bay. The dish was basically a Triple Whopper with extra everything, except pickles.

Currently, Brown is the co-owner of the Milwaukee Mile racetrack that NASCAR uses. He is also the head coach for the Green Bay Chill, a team in the Legends Football League.

Earlier this month, Brown, along with his project partners, launched a project to raise money for production and distribution of education to counteract bullying. The book is called The Bully-Proof Playbook for Parents, Teachers and Kids.

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  • Theresa M Heck

    One thing I believe should be added is all the time, effort and support he gives to the “Angel on my Shoulder’s” program in WI. It is about kids and families dealing with cancer in one way or another through a family member. As far as I am concerned Gilbert is a big reason this non-profit is still running and thriving.
    He has brought many of his teammates up to Eagle River/ St. Germaine WI to help with fund raisers. My family has met and talked with these Packer GREATS. Gilbert, Dorsey Levens, George Koonce, Doug Evans( whom even spoke to my oldest son about bullying), Marco Rivera, Santana Dotson, just to name a handful.
    Not only did we get to meet our football hero’s but we also get to know these guys on a personal level. They truly our apart of our family on and off the field. True Packer GREAT is Gilbert