Class of 2014 Gridiron Legend: Robert Brazile
A 10-year veteran of the Houston Oilers from 1975 to 1984, Robert Brazile became a Houston legend as one of the leagues’ most feared linebackers and guided the Oilers to consecutive AFC Championship games in 1978 and 1979. Following a successful career at Jackson State, Oilers’ head coach and general manager Bum Phillips selected Brazile with the sixth overall pick and quickly slotted the rookie into the outside linebacker position in the 3-4 defense.
Nicknamed ‘Dr. Doom’ by his teammates, Brazile was named the 1975 Defensive Rookie of the Year, earned Pro Bowl selections in each of his first seven years in the league and was an eight-time All-Pro.
Brazile is a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 1970s after racking up 1,281 tackles in his career, the second highest in Oilers/Tennessee Titans team history. Brazile displayed a knack for getting after the quarterback, but is only credited with 11 sacks because the stat did not become official until the 1982 season. Brazile was recently inducted into the Black College Football Hall of Fame and is a member of the SWAC Hall of Fame and Jackson State Hall of Fame.
Following his career on the gridiron, Brazile coached a minor league football team and is currently a teacher for special needs children in Mobile, Ala.