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Catching Up With . . . former NFL defensive lineman Roger Brown
Catching Up With . . . former NFL defensive lineman Roger Brown

That one of the largest pro football players of his era now owns three restaurants isn't surprising. But how did Roger Brown shed 50 pounds doing it? "My goal now is to sell the food, not eat it," said Brown, 76, who played at Maryland State before starring with the Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Rams in the 1960s. A restaurant/sports bar in Portsmouth, Va., where he lives bears his name. Brown, a onetime 300-pound All Pro defensive tackle, also owns establishments in Williamsburg and Newport News. On the menu is a club sandwich called the "Fearsome Foursome," a nod to the nickname given the celebrated defensive lines on which Brown played in both Detroit and L.A....

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