Paul Brothers (Canadian football)

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Paul Brothers
Born: (1945-04-18) April 18, 1945 (age 74)
Rock Springs, Wyoming
Career information
CFL statusInternational
Position(s)QB
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight190 lb (86 kg)
CollegeOregon State
High schoolRoseburg (OR)
NFL draft1967 / Round: 16 / Pick: 416
Drafted byDallas Cowboys
Career history
As player
1967Eugene Bombers
19681971BC Lions
19711972Ottawa Rough Riders
Career highlights and awards
  • Second-team All-Coast (1966)
Career stats
Passing Comp516
Passing Att1032
Passing Yards7332
Passing TDs36

Paul Brothers (born April 18, 1945) is a former American football quarterback in the Canadian Football League for the BC Lions and Ottawa Rough Riders. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the sixteenth round of the 1967 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oregon State University.[1]

Early years[edit]

Brothers was a two-time All-State quarterback at Roseburg High School, where he led the team to a football state championship in 1961.[1][2] Following graduation in 1963, he stayed in state to play at Oregon State University in Corvallis.[3]

College career[edit]

Brothers accepted a football scholarship from Oregon State University to play under head coach Tommy Prothro. As a sophomore, he was named the starter at quarterback after a season opener loss against Northwestern University. He would lead the Beavers to 8 wins out of the next 9 games, the Pac-8 title and the Rose Bowl, where they lost 34-7 to the Michigan Wolverines.[4]

In his senior season in 1966, under second-year head coach Dee Andros, injuries forced him to split time with sophomore Steve Preece.[5]

Brothers finished his career as a 3-year starter, recording 184 completions out of 404 attempts (45.5 avg.), 2,151 passing yards, 15 touchdowns, 17 interceptions, 376 carries for 1,090 yards (2.9-yard avg.) and 13 rushing touchdowns. At the time, he ranked second in school history behind Terry Baker in total offense.

In 1997, he was inducted into the Oregon State University Athletics Hall of Fame. In 2010, he was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame.

Professional career[edit]

Brothers was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 16th round (416th overall) of the 1967 NFL draft, but opted not to sign with the team.

On March 15, 1967, he was signed by the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League, who already had veteran quarterback Joe Kapp, but did not know if he would re-sign.[6] In July, he was waived after the Lions had previously acquired Bernie Faloney to be their starting quarterback. On August 5, Brothers was sent to the Eugene Bombers of the Continental Football League to gain more experience.

In 1968, he was one of the three starters at quarterback that the Lions used during the season. In 1969 he was named the starter, registering 200 completions (tied for third in club history) out of 406 attempts, 2,671 passing yards, 14 touchdowns and 33 interceptions.

In 1970, he posted 2,604 passing yards, 14 touchdowns and 19 interceptions. On September 8, 1971, he was released after starting 7 games with a 3-4 record.[7] He started 48 games during his tenure with the Lions.

On September 14, 1971, he began a five game trial with the Ottawa Rough Riders, eventually earning a permanent role. On June 17, 1973, he announced his retirement to focus on his real estate business in Oregon.

Coaching career[edit]

Brothers coached football and girls basketball at Marist High School in Eugene, Oregon from 1975 to 1986 with a record of 196-139. He joined the Willamette High School girls basketball program before the 1993-94 season, where he had a coaching record of 437-122, 17 consecutive postseason appearances, and won four Class 5A state championships (2007, 2009, 2013 and 2014).[2][3] He retired in 2014.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Brothers, Selig in Oregon Sports Hall of Fame". gazettetimes.com. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Paul Brothers". oregonsportshall.org. 2010. Archived from the original on August 10, 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Paul Brothers". douglascountysportsonline.com. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Michigan's Bowl Game History". bentley.umich.edu. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  5. ^ Hoefflin, Walter (October 17, 1966). "Beavers High On Preece". Eugene Register-Guard. Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  6. ^ "B.C. Lions Sign Paul Brothers". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. March 14, 1967. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Lions cut Brothers". The Ottawa Journal. Retrieved 9 August 2014.

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