Roosevelt Brown Jr. (1932-2004) was born in Charlottesville and played football at Jefferson High School, the city's only African-American high school during segregation. He attended Morgan State University and was eventually drafted by the New York Giants. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1975.
Roosevelt Brown, well known for being the first African American professional football player from Charlottesville to be named to the NFL Hall of Fame, lived on 5th Street NW, close by in what is now called the Starr Hill neighborhood.
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