MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Vikings held a moment of silence at Sunday's game to honor the late Bill Brown.
Before they took the field against the Detroit Lions at U.S. Bank Stadium, the team remembered Brown, a four-time Pro Bowler who played 13 seasons with the Vikings.
Brown was chosen as one of the 50 greatest Vikings at the team's 50th season celebration. He passed away Sunday morning at 80 years old. He was from Mendota, Illinois.
Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf released this statement on Sunday:
“For 13 years as a Minnesota Viking, Bill 'Boom Boom' Brown led the team’s rushing attack and established himself as one of the most physical players in the NFL. He embodied all the characteristics the Vikings continue to instill in players today — tough, disciplined, selfless — and became an immediate fan favorite. After his playing days were over, Bill stayed in Minnesota and proudly represented the franchise as an active alum. He will be greatly missed by Vikings alumni, staff and fans. Our prayers are with the entire Brown family at this time.”