From President and Mrs. Rick Gallot on the Passing of William Ferdie Brown

Willie-BrownGSU Legend,  
Black College Hall of Fame Inductee,  
Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee, and  
American Football League All-Time Team Member 


To Yvonne and the Brown Family: 

On behalf of our entire Grambling State University community, I want to offer my sincerest condolences on the passing of your loved one William “Willie” Brown. The success that your family and community sowed into Willie has helped advance our institution in ways that are hard to count. His legacy on the field and as a Grambling Legend has inspired countless students, student athletes, and leaders for generations.  

We will remember his life and contributions as a lesson in perseverance and true dedication. In the book of Psalms, the Bible says, “Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily.” We know that Willie lived this and showed us all what it means to see our life’s work through.  

As you endure this challenging time, we hope you can take comfort in his life’s wins and how he positively impacted all of us. We are forever grateful for his legacy and will keep you lifted in our thoughts and prayers. 


Forever Grambling,  

President Rick Gallot