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.
A two-block of stretch of road between West Main Street and Cherry Avenue is named in his memory. The idea came in part from John Gaines who presented Council with a petition for the renaming in the late 1990's. 
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- Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, July 21, 2003.