Steve Brown, a 1969 Porterville High graduate and a member of the Porterville High Athletic Hall of Fame. He’s also a member of the Oregon State Athletic Hall of Fame. During his time with the Oregon State Beavers, Brown was named as an All-American by 9 organizations and as a first-team All-American by 7 organizations. He was a 3-year varsity letterman with the Beavers. He came to Oregon State as a fullback, but moved to linebacker as a freshman. He was a two-time All-Pac 8, two-time All-Coast and two-time team defensive most valuable player. His school record of 186 tackles as a senior still stands. As a junior, he led the Beavers with 134 tackles and had one of the most memorable games in college football history as a junior, although it’s a “haunting” memory for Brown because Oregon State lost the game. In a loss to Stanford, Brown finished with 22 tackles and four interceptions. After his senior season, Brown played in the East-West Shrine Game, the Hula Bowl and the Coaches All-American Bowl. Brown was the team captain for the West in the East-West Shrine Game and co-captain of the North Squad in the Hula Bowl, a game in which he almost equaled the numbers he put up against Stanford as he had 19 tackles and three interceptions. He also had 15 tackles and one interception in the Coaches All-American Bowl. Brown eventually went on to become a coach at various area high schools. He continues coaching high school football today on California’s Central Coast!
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