Former Terrapin D. Brown, 50, found shot to death in Pittsburgh

Called `The Helicopter,' he played for UM in 1970s

April 06, 2001|By Bill Free

Former Maryland basketball player Darrell Brown was found shot to death Tuesday night in a Pittsburgh alley, continuing a tragic path for Terps who played in the 1970s when the program was making headlines on the court.

Brown, 50, was shot in the leg and was discovered face up with his pants and shoes soaked in blood.

He played from 1971 to 1973 and was nicknamed "The Helicopter" for his outstanding leaping ability.

"I have a lot of memories of Darrell," said Lefty Driesell, his coach at Maryland and now Georgia State's coach. "He was a great kid who came back to get his degree. It took him nine years to get the degree, but he stuck with it. I remember he roomed with John Lucas."

Two other players from that era, Owen Brown and Chris Patton, died of heart problems in the 1970s. Owen Brown, no relation to Darrell, played from 1973 to 1975, and Patton was a member of the 1974-75 and 1975-76 teams.

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