Hamilton Tiger Cats

Less Browne - Defensive Back - 1984-88 - Colorado State


Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Hall of Fame

Less Browne (East Liverpool High School, Class of 1979). From Columbiana County, to Colorado, to Canada, Browne was an all-star football player at every stop.

Browne was a three-sport standout at East Liverpool, with football being his forte.
His grid heroics are highlighted by eight kickoff or punt returns for touchdowns under the late Ted Maley. In his senior year at East Liverpool, Browne rushed for 992 yards and scored 56 points in earning second-team all-Ohio honors.

Browne was also a standout basketball player and sprinter for the Potters while also owning the distinction of being his senior class president. He was chosen East Liverpool Review “Player of the Year” in 1978.

The versatile gridder was recruited to Colorado State as a running back. He quickly and seamlessly made the transition to defensive back, starting in the Rams’ secondary for three years. The 5 ft. 11, 170-pounder led Colorado State in interceptions in 1980.

Less Browne   Colorado St.
Yr Team Int Yds Avg TD Lg
1984 Ham 0 0 0.0 0 0
1985 Ham 12 166 13.8 0 34
1986 Ham 8 128 16.0 1 42
1987 Ham 5 32 6.4 0 19
1988 Ham 8 90 11.3 0 27
1989 Wpg 3 31 10.3 0 19
1990 Wpg 14 273 19.5 1 45
1991 Wpg 10 267 26.7 0 55
1992 Ott 11 259 23.5 0 76
1993 BC 5 140 28.0 1 52
Total 14 76 1386 18.2 3 76

Following his stellar collegiate career Less was drafted by the Pittsburgh Maulers of the USFL be he elected to go north. Browne signed as a free agent with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1984 and he wasted no time making his presence felt north of the border. He earned all-Eastern and CFL all-star awards as a defensive back in 1985 and 1986. Browne moved on to star for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 1989-91. During the latter two years, he established CFL records for most interception return yards in a season with 273 and 267, respectively.


After one year with the Ottawa Rough Riders, one in which he again led the league in interception return yardage, Browne closed out his CFL career with the British Columbia Lions in 1994. The Lions captured the coveted Grey Cup that season. Browne's final game as a professional was the Lions thrilling last second victory over Baltimore.


Browne set league records for most career interceptions (87) and most regular-season interception return yardage (1,508). After his playing days, Browne went on to serve as an assistant coach with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Halls of Fame are nothing new to Browne. He was inducted into the East Liverpool Hall of Fame in 1993 and he was later inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.


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