Former Pitt offensive lineman Ruben Brown has been nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021.
Brown was a Parade and USA Today All-American defensive lineman at E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg, Virginia before joining Pitt’s Class of 1990. Brown redshirted his first season before moving to the offensive side of the ball in 1991. The move paid off as, Brown became a four-year starter at tackle, winning All-Big East honors three times and was recognized as an All-American as a senior in 1994.
The Buffalo Bills selected Brown in the first round of the 1995 NFL Draft and he spent nine seasons in Buffalo before joining the Chicago Bears for this final three pro season. Brown played guard as a pro and became synonymous with a high standard of play. He was selected to nine Pro Bowls and was a four-time All-Pro.
Since retirement, Brown has entered a career in broadcasting in the Buffalo area and has been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
In total, there are 130 nominees in the class, which will be trimmed to 25 semifinalists in November and 15 finalists in January before the five-man Class of 2021 is selected the day before Super Bowl LV in February.
Pitt has one alumnus in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2020: offensive lineman Jimbo Covert, who played at Pitt from 1978-82. The enshrinement of that class has been delayed until August 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Class of 2020 will be enshrined in Canton, Ohio on Aug. 7, 2021, while the Class of 2021 will be celebrated on Aug. 8, 2021.
Pitt’s other enshrined players are Mike Ditka (1988), Chris Doleman (2012), Tony Dorsett (1994), Russ Grimm (2010), Rickey Jackson (2010), Dan Marino (2005), Curtis Martin (2012) and Joe Schmidt (1973). Pitt’s nine elects is tie for fifth-most amongst all colleges.