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Sun staff report | September 29, 2011
The wake and funeral for Orlando Brown will be Oct. 7 at Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton. Times are expected to be finalized Friday. Brown will be buried later in South Carolina. The former Ravens offensive tackle affectionately called "Zeus" was found dead Friday at his Baltimore home. He was 40.
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Mike Preston | August 3, 2013
As he delivered his induction speech into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday night, Ravens offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden was as cool and humble as he was on the field during his 12 seasons in Baltimore. He showed signs of nervousness the day before but on Saturday night he praised and thanked an endless amount of supporters, talked about being the first draft pick in Ravens' history, showed off two Super Bowl rings and drew a huge applause from the large number of Ravens fans in attendance.
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Mike Preston | September 23, 2011
When I first heard the news of Orlando Brown's death, like most people, I was stunned. Not Zeus. He was too tough to die. There was nothing fierce or mean enough to be able to take Orlando Brown away from here. But as time wore on Friday, I started smiling because Zeus had fooled me again. He always portrayed this image as the toughest guy on the planet, but for those who really knew him, Zeus was a pussycat, one of the nicest people you'd ever meet. He was a huge man with a huge heart.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2012
Rick Bowlus comes by his love of football honestly. But becoming a big-time Ravens fan — that wasn't so easy. Bowlus, who goes by the name "Poetic Justice" on Ravens game days, grew up in Ohio a devoted Browns fan. And he maintained that allegiance even after moving to Maryland in 1970 and becoming a science teacher and assistant basketball coach at Bel Air High School. Unlike the vast majority of his fellow Browns fans, whose allegiance didn't follow when the team headed to Baltimore, Bowlus became a proud Ravens fanatic.
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By Janene Holzberg and Janene Holzberg,Special to The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2009
Orlando Brown insists he's a cream puff - on the inside, that is. The former Baltimore Ravens' offensive tackle said he "just looks scary" at 6 foot 7 and 350 pounds, but he's really "a gentle giant with a soft heart like my mother's." That compassion has already come into play at Fatburger, the new restaurant in Gateway Overlook Shopping Center where Brown is owner and frequent fry cook. Since opening the first Maryland location for the Los Angeles-based franchise in January, he devoted many hours trying to reprogram a chronically late employee before finally firing him. "I know what it's like to have someone take you under their wing and give you a second chance," said Brown, who alternated playing for Baltimore and the Cleveland Browns during a 14-year NFL career that ended in 2006.
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By Ryan Basen and Ryan Basen,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | August 3, 1998
When Ravens fans examine the team's offensive line, talk gravitates toward the two mammoth tackles, Jonathan Ogden and Orlando Brown. Less noticeable is the consistent play of right guard Jeff Blackshear, a 6-foot-6, 323-pound force who has started 28 of 32 games at guard in his two seasons in Baltimore.The lack of recognition is nothing new for Blackshear, 29, an eighth-round pick in the 1993 NFL draft. "I like it that way. I'd rather go out and just play football. It's my role with the team and with the offensive line," he said.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | September 13, 1996
Orlando Brown talks about how far he has come, about how he has gone from a raw, undisciplined, unknown lineman to one of the NFL's up-and-coming offensive tackles, about how he has grown to appreciate the nuances of a trade that, at its core, remains a down-and-dirty, slug-it-out affair on Sundays.Then again, Brown, 25, is not the type to over-analyze his position. To him, the football field might as well be an alley in the neighborhood where he grew up in the heart of Northeast Washington.
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By Liz F. Kay and Brent Jones and Liz F. Kay and Brent Jones,liz.kay@baltsun.com and Brent.Jones@baltsun.com | September 5, 2009
Former Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Orlando "Zeus" Brown was released on his own recognizance after he was arrested Friday on charges of breaking into his ex-wife's Cockeysville home in August. Brown's attorney had requested that Baltimore County District Court quash the warrant issued Aug. 28 for the former player's arrest on charges of third-degree burglary and malicious destruction of property valued at less than $500. According to court documents, Mira Brown accused her former husband of entering her home while she was away on vacation.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | March 19, 2003
On the same day linebacker Cornell Brown agreed in principle to a four-year contract, offensive tackle Orlando Brown finally signed the one-year, $1 million deal the Ravens have had in place since late last week. In bringing back both Browns yesterday, the Ravens added two potential starters with distinctly different attitudes. While Cornell Brown's upbeat disposition brought a degree of levity to the locker room last year, the Ravens expect the on-field nastiness of Orlando Brown, nicknamed "Zeus," to be as contagious.
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December 11, 2005
Matchup Vs. spread -- Ravens 4-8, Broncos 8-3-1. Series -- Ravens lead 4-1. Last meeting -- Ravens won, 26-6, on Oct. 26, 2003, in Baltimore. NFL rankings Ravens offense -- No. 26 (rush No. 22, pass No. 25) Broncos defense -- No. 23T (rush No. 3, pass No. 29) Broncos offense -- No. 5 (rush No. 2, pass No. 20) Ravens defense -- No. 7 (rush No. 13, pass No. 7) Ravens injuries Out -- RB Justin Green (wrist); LB Mike Smith (thigh); G Keydrick Vincent (thigh); OT Orlando Brown (back-IR)
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October 14, 2011
There are 7 million people in the U.S. who have diabetes and don't know it and nearly 80 million who are in danger of developing diabetes. The tragic and untimely death of former Baltimore Ravens player Orlando Brown can be viewed as a warning to the millions of Americans to ask their health care provider to test and monitor closely for diabetes. This is particularly important if you have one or more of the risk factors: family history, high blood pressure, age (over 45), being overweight and/or leading an inactive lifestyle, and ethnic predisposition (Hispanic/Latino, African-American, Native American, Asian-American, Pacific Islander, Alaska native)
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By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2011
Former Raven Orlando "Zeus" Brown was remembered Friday as a force on the football field, a jovial character who liked to have a good time and a devoted father who would do anything for his five kids. Memories of the 6-foot-7, 370-pound offensive tackle were shared at his funeral at Mount Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton. Hundreds of family members, friends and former teammates gathered to say goodbye to Brown, who died last month of complications from diabetes at age 40. Former Ravens players Ed Hartwell, Michael McCrary, Jonathan Ogden, Wally Williams, Brad Jackson and Sammy Williams sat side by side in pews toward the front.
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By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2011
Former Baltimore Raven Orlando Brown died of a diabetic complication that is rarely fatal but can sometimes be quick to strike - and he might not even have known he had the underlying disease. The 40-year-old died in his Inner Harbor condominium Sept. 23 from diabetic ketoacidosis, but there were no signs he was taking insulin to treat diabetes or that a doctor had ever diagnosed him with the disease, according to the state's chief medical examiner. "We did not manage to find any evidence at the scene that indicated he had a medical diagnosis of diabetes," said medical examiner David Fowler.
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By Edward Lee | October 3, 2011
Orlando Brown, the Ravens offensive tackle known for his mean streak on the field and his loyalty off it, died from diabetic ketoacidosis. The state medical examiner ruled that the 6-foot-7, 370-pound Brown died of an ailment common among diabetics and caused by high blood sugar and lack of insulin. Brown was found dead Sept. 23 at his South Baltimore apartment. He was 40 years old and is survived by three sons between the ages of 9 and 15, according to the Ravens. According to court documents, he also had a younger daughter and was fighting for custody.
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Sun staff report | September 29, 2011
The wake and funeral for Orlando Brown will be Oct. 7 at Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton. Times are expected to be finalized Friday. Brown will be buried later in South Carolina. The former Ravens offensive tackle affectionately called "Zeus" was found dead Friday at his Baltimore home. He was 40.
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Sports Digest | September 25, 2011
Ravens Police: Brown's cause of death still unknown A Baltimore police spokesman says it will take some time to determine the cause of death for former Ravens offensive tackle Orlando "Zeus" Brown . Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Saturday that there were no obvious signs of trauma or foul play and no suspicious factors surrounding Brown's death. He said it might be weeks before the cause of death becomes clear. Brown was found dead Friday at his home near the Inner Harbor.
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By Gary Lambrecht | August 6, 1998
Another day, another fight: Tailback Errict Rhett is challenging offensive tackle Orlando Brown for the title of Player Most Likely To Brawl. During yesterday morning's practice, Rhett and safety Stevon Moore exchanged haymakers and yanked each other's face masks in a doozy that lasted a good minute. At least a dozen players, including Brown, helped break up the scuffle.Up one day, down the next: Two days ago, second-year linebacker Tyrell Peters delivered the shot of the day by knocking fullback Kenyon Cotton off his feet.
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Mike Preston | August 3, 2013
As he delivered his induction speech into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday night, Ravens offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden was as cool and humble as he was on the field during his 12 seasons in Baltimore. He showed signs of nervousness the day before but on Saturday night he praised and thanked an endless amount of supporters, talked about being the first draft pick in Ravens' history, showed off two Super Bowl rings and drew a huge applause from the large number of Ravens fans in attendance.
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By Justin Fenton and Baltimore Sun reporter | September 23, 2011
Former Ravens player Orlando Brown has been found dead in his downtown Baltimore home, officials and the team said. He was 40. Ravens coach John Harbaugh announced Brown's death at the beginning of his news conference with reporters on Friday afternoon. City police and fire officials confirmed that they were at the player's home at the Harborview complex in South Baltimore. Fire Department spokesman Kevin Cartwright said medics were called after the player was found unresponsive in his home in the 1200 block of Harbor Island Walk.
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