Less Browne

American gridiron football player (born 1959)
Less Browne
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Born: (1959-12-07) December 7, 1959 (age 64)
East Liverpool, Ohio, U.S.
Career information
CFL statusAmerican
CollegeColorado State
Career history
As player
1984Pittsburgh Maulers (USFL)
1984–1988Hamilton Tiger-Cats
1989–1991Winnipeg Blue Bombers
1992Ottawa Rough Riders
1993–1994BC Lions
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star1985, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994
CFL East All-Star1985, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1992
CFL West All-Star1994
Career stats
  • Canadian Football Hall of Fame, 2002

Less Browne (born December 7, 1959) is a former gridiron football defensive back who played in the United States Football League (USFL) and the Canadian Football League (CFL) for the Pittsburgh Maulers (USFL), Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Ottawa Rough Riders and the BC Lions.

Professional career

Browne originally signed as a pro with the USFL's the Pittsburgh Maulers after being drafted in the 13th round (284th overall) by the expansion club in the 1984 Draft (January 4, 1984).

Browne signed a contract with the Maulers and started the season on their roster, however, was never activated for game action. He was released after the second week of the season by the Maulers on March 6, 1984 and later that spring signed with the CFL Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Browne holds the CFL and all-pro records for most interceptions in a career with 87. He also holds the record for most interception return yards with 1,508. Browne ranks third in the CFL for career blocked kicks with eight. Browne played in four Grey Cup games (1985, 1986, 1990, and 1994), winning the latter three. He was a six-time CFL All-Star, and was twice runner-up for the CFL's Most Outstanding Defensive Player Award, in 1986 by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and in 1994 by the BC Lions.


He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2002 and in November, 2006 was voted one of the CFL's Top 50 players (#23) of the league's modern era by Canadian sports network The Sports Network/TSN.

He later became an assistant coach for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

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