Cliff Brown, 60, Notre Dame’s 1st black starting QB

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Cliff Brown, the first black quarterback to start for Notre Dame, has died. He was 60.

Mr. Brown died Monday in Harrisburg, Pa., said Frank Matinchek of Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home.


The South Bend Tribune reported that Mr. Brown took over during the fifth game of the season in 1972 following injuries to the top two Irish quarterbacks. He was a sophomore.

Mr. Brown started the rest of that 8-2 season, completing 56 of 111 passes for 669 yards with four touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also rushed 77 times for 253 yards and two scores. He finished his career 72-of-146 for 929 yards, seven touchdowns, and 10 interceptions and rushed 102 times for 375 yards and four scores.

Services are scheduled for Saturday in Harrisburg.

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