Pete Brown, son of Paul Brown and one of the founders of the Cincinnati Bengals, dies at 74

CINCINNATI – Pete Brown, one of three brothers who helped form the Cincinnati Bengals under their father, died Tuesday at age 74, the club announced Wednesday.

Pete Brown, who had been a quarterback at Denison University, served as the Bengals’ player personnel director and senior vice president for decades after helping his father Paul Brown establish the franchise in the 1960s.

“Pete was the quiet one, but his talents spoke volumes,” said his brother, Bengals President Mike Brown. “Pete was more prone to action than talk, and his contributions to the Bengals were significant. He was a fine scout and judge of prospects, a wonderful business partner, and an even better brother and family member.

“Everyone who knew Pete cared about him and respected him. I feel his loss deeply.”

While Mike was his father's right-hand man and eventually took over ownership, Pete stayed in the shadows for the most part, as did the eldest of the Brown brothers, Robin, the team’s head scout before his death in 1978. 

Pete Brown fell in love with kinesiology and strength training and helped introduce the Nautilus exercise and training system in Cincinnati, according to a club statement. He and Kim Wood, then the Bengals strength coach, went on to found Hammer Strength, which grew into one of the nation’s leading strength training machine companies.

Pete and Robin ran a Nautilus business in Robin's hometown of Conway, Arkansas.

Services will be private.

READ more tributes to Pete Brown on Bengals.com.

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