Theotis Brown Inducted into the UCLA Hall of Fame
November 7, 2011
By Bill Boehlke
Congratulations to former Seahawks running back Theotis Brown, who was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame on November 4, 2011.
“It’s unbelievable. I’m so honored, shocked and honored to enter the UCLA Hall of Fame,” said Brown. “This is an honor that’s not based on statistics, it’s an overall overview of the athlete, their career and production outside the game since they left school.”
Theotis initially thought his induction letter was meant for his son, Trey, who also played football for the Bruins.
“When I got the letter I actually thought it was a letter sent to my son, Trey, because he played at UCLA as a cornerback,” Brown recalls. “I thought it was to him and I happened to see the athletic director’s name at the bottom of the page, and it was from Dan Guerrero, and it said ‘Congratulations, you’re being honored this year – 2011 – by the UCLA Hall of Fame.'”
An outstanding running back from 1976-78 at UCLA, Brown won the Rookie of the Year Award in 1976, the All-Around Excellence award as a junior, and offensive MVP honors as a senior. Brown received first-team All-Pac-10 honors in both 1976 and 1978. He concluded his playing career as UCLA’s single-season leader in all-purpose yards (1,804 yards in 1978, now second), ranked second in both career rushing yards (2,914) and touchdowns scored (27) and he remains ranked seventh in each of those categories on UCLA’s all-time lists. Brown also left UCLA as the career all-purpose yards leader, having gained 3,944 yards as a Bruin (now ranked sixth). Brown set UCLA’s single game rushing record in 1978 with 274 yards against Oregon.
Theotis joins some stellar names who are also in the UCLA Hall of Fame.
“You’re talking about some great names, some great coaches and players, from Jackie Robinson to John Wooden, Dick Vermeil, Bill Walton and Kareen Abdul Jabbar,” he said. “There’s just a litany of players and athletes that have come through UCLA, and I’m honored just to be mentioned in the same breath that they’re mentioned. I’m very, very pleased and happy.”
A second-round pick in the 1979 NFL Draft, Theotis rushed for 2,046 yards and 30 touchdowns in a six-year NFL career with the St. Louis Cardinals (1979-81), Seattle Seahawks (1981-83), and Kansas City Chiefs (1983-84).
Theotis today resides with his family in Kansas, and he is the Director of Collegiate Recruitment for the Willis & Woy Sports Group.