Chad Brown, American football official, Died at 68

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Chadwick “Chad” Brown died on September 9, 2016.

He was a National Football League official.

Chad officiated from 1992 through 2014.

He served as an umpire and officiated in two Super Bowls (2001 and 2011) and served as an alternate (standby) official for Super Bowl XXXIII in 1999. He wore uniform number 31.

Before his career as an NFL game official, Brown officiated football in the Big West Athletic Conference.

Brown played college football at East Texas State, now Texas A&M University @ Commerce.

Whilst he was a sophomore offensive and defensive tackle in 1966, A&M Commerce won its very first Lone Star Conference football championship.

He was a NAIA All-American, an All-Lone Star Conference offensive lineman in 1967 and ’68 and a Kodak All-American in 1968, becoming the first African-American to reach All-American status for the college.

Brown’s athletic accomplishments earned him a 1993 induction into the East Texas State (ETSU) Athletic Hall of Fame.

He then went on to play five years in the NFL for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Houston Oilers, and the New Orleans Saints.

Besides the NFL, Chad Brown was employed at the University of California, Los Angeles, campus since 1988, and celebrated his retirement in 2011.

During December 2012, Chad Brown was inducted into the Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame, joining other NFL inductees, Tim Brown, Charles Haley and Gene Upshaw (posthumous).

Himself along with eleven other inductees in various sports was recognized for exemplary performance in sportmanship, citizenship, and contributions to the history of sports as a Texas-born, African-American athlete.

He married Deborah, a municipal transportation manager, in 1986.

They have twin adult sons.

Chad Brown passed away at 68 years old.