Leo Brown, the first African-American to become an Ohio State football captain, has died at age 84.

His nephew informed Ohio State of Brown’s passing in Lakewood, Colorado.

Brown played for Woody Hayes in the mid-1950s as a two-way end. A native of Portsmouth, Brown was elected as captain along with Galen Cisco in his senior season of 1957, in which the Buckeyes won the UPI national championship.

He was part of the Buckeyes’ 1955 Big Ten title team and earned All-Big Ten honors in 1956 as OSU stretched its conference winning streak to 17 games.

After his Ohio State career, Brown became an oral surgeon in the Air Force. He served for 20 years before retiring as a colonel.

Services for Brown will be Monday in Lakewood, followed by a military burial service in Denver.

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