Hall of Fame cornerback Willie Brown, 78, dies

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Hall of Fame cornerback Willie Brown, 78, dies
Hall of Fame cornerback Willie Brown, 78, dies

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer Close Covered Oakland Raiders for CSNBayArea.com and Sacramento Bee for eight years Member of Pro Football Writers Association Previously worked at Los Angeles Times, Las Vegas Review-Journal and Sports Illustrated Follow on Twitter ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Hall of Fame cornerback Willie Brown, regarded as the godfather of bump-and-run coverage, died Tuesday at the age of 78 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Brown had been one of the closest confidantes of late Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis, as well as a trusted adviser to Mark Davis, who took control of the team upon his father's death in October 2011. "He," Mark Davis wrote of Brown in a text, "was a Raider." Undrafted

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