With 19 days left until the start of the NFL season, our countdown to the big day continues.
Thursday, Sept. 4, is the day when the Green Bay Packers travel to Seattle to take on the Super Bowl Champion Seahawks.
Over the course of the next 19 days we focus on the number that represents the days remaining … and for today we take a look number 19.
Most recently, we took a look at number 20 – Allen Rossum – one of the small players for the Packers who have have had big impacts, especially in the return game.
Today we move on to #19, where we once again turn to John Maxymuk, the author of “Packers by the Numbers: Jersey Numbers and the Players Who Wore them,” to provide insight and background and take us back to the years when Carlos Brown played for the Packers …
Maxymuk, who titles his chapter about Brown “Going Hollywood,” does so for good reason
Here is how he describes Brown, the QB who played for the Packers from 1975-76:
Carlos Alan Autry was born in Shreveport, La., in 1952. When he was two, his family moved to the San Joaquin Valley in California where they picked cotton to make a living. His parents divorced, and Carlos grew up with his mother’s name, Brown.
At 6-3, 21o pounds, he earned a football scholarship to Fresno State and became the first person in his family to attend college.
In 1975, the Packers picks him in the 12th round of the draft, and he made the team as a third string quarterback. He barely played in his rookie year, but when starter Lynn Dickey went down to injury in 1976, Brown started three games late in the season and proved he was overmatched in the NFL. He completed 26-of-74 passes for two touchdowns and six interceptions in his three games. He was cut in 1977 and later played a year in the Canadian Football League.
Through some Hollywood people he had met, he started acting in movies in the late 1970s. He appeared in “North Dallas Forty,” “Popeye” and “Southern Comfort” as Carlos Brown. However, in 1981 Carlos met his father for the first time as an adult and went back to Autry, Alan Autry. He continued acting in movie such as “Brewster’s Millions” and “Amazing Grace and Chuck” before hitting it big on television.
In 1988, he landed the role of Captain Bubba Skinner on the television series, “Grace under Fire,” for two seasons and then formed his own production company.
In 2000, he followed in the footsteps of fellow actor/mayor Clint Eastwood by being elected mayor of Fresno. From growing up as the son of divorced farm workers to the NFL to movies and television to politics – Alan Autry has lived the American dream through hard work and dedication, despite not excelling at anything.
Here is the list of Packers players who have worn #19 over the past 50 years: