Orlando Brown was an American football player. His real name was Orlando Claude Brown Sr. He was born on November 12, 1970. “Zeus” was his nickname.
He played offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns in the National Football League (NFL). He graduated from Howard D. Woodson High School. He attended South Carolina State University and played collegiate football for Willie Jeffries.
Brown was born in Washington, D.C. in 1970. Brown graduated from H. D. Woodson Senior High School. He played offensive lineman at South Carolina State University.
How Did Orlando Brown Die?
Brown was discovered dead in his Baltimore townhouse on September 23, 2011.
Brown died of diabetic ketoacidosis, a condition characterized by high blood sugar and a lack of insulin, according to the state medical examiner.
How Did Orlando Brown Start His Career?
Brown signed as an undrafted free agent with the Cleveland Browns in 1993. He played three seasons for the Browns.
The Browns franchise was relocated to Baltimore by owner Art Modell in 1996, becoming the Baltimore Ravens.
Brown got the moniker “Zeus” during his first stint as a Raven, owing to his 6-foot-7, 360-pound frame and reputation as an intense and fearsome player.
He was once one of the highest-paid offensive linemen in the NFL.
Before the 1999 season, Brown signed as an unrestricted free agent with the “reactivated” Cleveland Browns. Brown was hit in the right eye with a penalty flag weighted with ball bearings thrown by referee Jeff Triplette during a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on December 19, 1999.
Triplette apologized to Brown right away. Brown briefly left the game, then returned only to shove Triplette, knocking him to the ground. Brown was expelled from the game and had to be carried off by his teammates.
The NFL then punished Brown, but the suspension was lifted when the severity of his injury became clear.
Brown was temporarily blind and missed three seasons. Brown was one of just two players to have played for both the original Cleveland Browns and the Browns after they were resurrected in 1999, while the majority of the Browns roster was relocated to Baltimore. Antonio Langham is the other player.
Injuries and Lawsuits in Football
Brown missed the whole 2000 NFL season while his right eye healed. After the season, the Browns released him. He sued the NFL for $200 million in damages in 2001.
According to accounts, he settled in 2002 for a figure ranging between $15 million to $25 million.
Brown spent the 2001 and 2002 seasons in rehab before being re-signed by the Ravens in 2003.
Brown started as both an offensive and defensive lineman against the Oakland Raiders during the 2003 season.
He stayed with the team until March 2006, when he was dismissed. Brown remained involved with the Ravens after retiring and tutored players.