Pat Brady (American football)

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Pat Brady
Pat Brady - 1953 Bowman.jpg
Brady on a 1953 Bowman football card
Born: (1926-09-07)September 7, 1926
Seattle, Washington
Died: July 14, 2009(2009-07-14) (aged 82)
Reno, Nevada
Career information
Position(s) Quarterback, Punter
College Nevada-Reno Bradley
NFL draft 1952 / Round: 13 / Pick 155
(New York Giants)
Career history
As player
1951 Hamilton Tiger-Cats
1952–1954 Pittsburgh Steelers

Patrick Thomas Brady (September 7, 1926 – July 14, 2009) was an American football player who was a quarterback and punter for the University of Nevada, Reno and later for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League.

Brady attended Nevada-Reno from 1948 until 1951, first as a quarterback and then as a punter. On October 28, 1950 against Loyola Marymount, Brady had a punt of 99 yards, the longest possible under the rules, a record that cannot be broken and has never been tied. Brady completed his collegiate career at and graduated from Bradley University in 1951.[1]

After spending the 1951 season in the Canadian Football League, Brady played for the Steelers during the 1952, 1953, and 1954 seasons, leading the league in punting in 1953 and 1954 and averaging 44.5 yards for his three years. A torn Achilles tendon during the 1955 pre-season ended his career.

After football, Brady moved back to Reno and worked in the printing industry. In 1971, he was appointed the official State Printer by Governor Mike O'Callaghan. Brady was a part-owner of Reno's Bonanza Casino for many years, and was also on the Nevada Boxing Commission.

Brady was inducted into the Bradley Hall of Fame on February 23, 1955 and later the Nevada Hall of Fame in 1979. He was also named to the Steelers 50th Anniversary team in 1982.[2]

Brady died on July 14, 2009 in Reno, Nevada after a long battle with lymphoma.[3]


  1. ^ Ex-EvCC football player dead at 83
  2. ^ O'Brien, Jim (June 27, 1982). "The All-Time Team". Pittsburgh Press. pp. D-2. Retrieved 19 March 2010.
  3. ^ Hall of Famer Pat Brady dies at 83 Reno Gazette-Journal. Retrieved on July 15, 2009.
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