"A lot more. But that's besides the point."
"The point," says Joe, "is that everybody in our dormitory petitioned to break us up." With senior quarterback Joe calling signals and senior fullback George barreling over linebackers, Brown went 8-1 in 1949. When coach Rip Engle left for Penn State in '50, Joe forsook plans for law school to become Engle's assistant. George, in the meantime, patched together a living as an insurance investigator and a cop in Brooklyn before becoming an assistant coach at Brooklyn Prep. He was named coach of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, at Kings Point, N.Y., in '65, a year before Joe took over at Penn State.
"Joe was an overachiever," George says. "I was an underachiever." George is too modest. In nine seasons (1965-68 and 1971-75) at Kings Point he guided the Mariners to a 46-32-3 record; in 1969-70 he was an assistant at Michigan State. "George was a magnificent coach," says former Kings Point assistant Bill Polian, now general manager of the Carolina Panthers. "He was a terrific teacher, motivator and innovator. As a strategist he had a great feel for exploiting an opponent's weaknesses."
George quit coaching at the top of his game in 1975 because the school wouldn't grant him tenure as a coach. On Joe's recommendation he joined the Nittany Lions broadcast team in '76. "Did you ever hear of Dr. Frankenstein?" George asks. "Joe might have created a monster."
Because he doesn't apotheosize his brother, George has won a cult following in Happy Valley. In the Penn State-USC game on Aug. 25, George criticized Joe for not having the quarterback sit on the ball, rather than handing off, reasoning that chances for a fumble would be lessened by such a play. But Joe called for a handoff, and the running back fumbled.
George's own ego has been sorely tested by Big Brother's success. "Being viewed as Joe's spear-carrier can be difficult, but I've handled it as well as I could," he says. "At times I wish I could be down on the field with the players. But you can't have it both ways. This is my vicarious way of still staying in as a coach."