(Born on February 13, 1972) -- Ruben Brown needs to work on his timing a little bit. He just missed the Bills’ glory days of the early 1990s. Instead, he had to be satisfied with an outstanding career in pro football.
Brown, a New Jersey native, played his college football at Pittsburgh. He was a dominant player there, piling up three straight Big East honors as an offensive lineman.
That made him a logical pick for the Bills in the 1995 NFL draft at 14th overall of the first round. Brown soon won a job as a regular at left guard. He was good, and he was reliable. Brown spent nine seasons with Buffalo, and was named to eight straight Pro Bowl teams. He also never missed a start until he was sent home before the last game of the 2003 season.
Brown was released by the Bills, and picked up as a free agent by the Chicago Bears. The guard stayed four more years with Chicago. He made the Super Bowl while with the Bears, and turned up on one last Pro Bowl.
Brown returned to Western New York after retirement, where he has done some broadcasting work. He was picked for the Bills’ 50th anniversary team and the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.
--- Budd Bailey