Orlando Brown Jr. | Orlando Brown Sr. | Source: Instagram/zeus__5 | Getty Images
Orlando Brown Jr. | Orlando Brown Sr. | Source: Instagram/zeus__5 | Getty Images

Orlando Brown's Parents: Facts about Orlando Brown Sr and Mira Brown

Bettina Dizon
Sep 11, 2023
01:15 A.M.

Orlando Brown's parents have always been supportive of their son's career. His father, Orlando Brown Sr., was also a National Football League (NFL) star, known for his legal battle after a referee injured his eye.


Orlando Brown Jr.'s parents, Orlando Brown Sr. and Mira Brown, had a broken marriage that led to divorce. Despite their feud over child custody and financial support, the two took good care of their children.

The NFL star credits his former NFL father and writer mother for many things during interviews. He particularly highlights the lessons his late dad taught him as an athlete and man.


Who Are Orlando Brown's Parents?

Much of Orlando Jr.'s success can be attributed to his father, Orlando Sr., who sadly died from diabetic ketoacidosis at 40. Still, Orlando Jr. has lovely memories of his dad. He is even continuing his legacy in the sports business.

Meanwhile, Orlando Jr.'s mom, Mira, is very proud of her son's success, often reminding her of his father. "Watching my son wear No. 78, my mind flashes back to my husband wearing No. 78," she said. "It's awesome. I'm so proud of him."

Orlando Sr. would have been proud of his boy, but according to Orlando Jr., his dad probably wouldn't have told him. His father played a significant role in shaping his character as his father discussed the mental challenges Orlando Jr. would have to endure to reach the NFL.


Orlando Jr. was only 15 when his dad died, and playing the way his father wanted became easier after his death. Mira recalled her son having a tough time:

"I knew Orlando Sr. was his role model, so I knew Orlando Jr. would take it really hard. I also knew that my son was strong. I thought, at some point, it would make him work harder to be the best."


Orlando Brown Sr.

Orlando Sr. was born on December 12, 1970, and attended Howard D. Woodson High School and South Carolina State before becoming an undrafted free agent in 1993.

He became a star football player for the Cleveland Browns and the Baltimore Ravens. In the sports world, he was known as Zeus, one of the NFL's highest-paid players. He briefly retired in the early 2000s after being temporarily blinded in one eye by a referee.


However, he came out of retirement in 2003 to join the Ravens. He played 35 more games before retiring for a second time in 2005. Four years later, Orlando Sr. became a restauranteur and franchised a Fatburger branch while caring for his kids. Orlando Jr. said of his dad:

"He taught me everything I know! From football to life! I wish you were still here to watch me grow. But I know you're in a better place!"

Orlando Sr. also taught his son to be consistent and to dream big. He raised Orlando Jr. in a home where men could freely show their emotions, and these are things the athlete will never forget.


Mira Brown

Orlando Jr.'s mom, Mira, is a writer and a supportive mother. Although she divorced Orlando Sr. in 2004 and battled him over child custody and support, she cared deeply for their children. She also credited Orlando Sr. for teaching Orlando Jr. all about football.

In 2010, Mira accused Orlando Sr. of breaking into her home while she was away. She claimed to have received messages from him, claiming he went around her house. The charges were later dropped. Like Orlando Sr. and Orlando Jr., other known athletes who played for the Baltimore Ravens include Michael Oher and Andre Levrone Jr.

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