Gary Brown, former Cowboys RBs coach who performed eight NFL seasons with three groups, dies at 52

It has been spherical after spherical of solemn NFL information over the previous few days. From the tragic demise of Dwayne Haskins at 24 to the passing of Corridor of Fame lineman Rayfield Wright, the league mourns closely however with out respite, now with the information of the demise of Gary Brown. Brown, 52, died on Sunday in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in hospice care — the place he’d been for the previous a number of weeks because of rising well being points stemming from his longtime battle with most cancers.

His combat in opposition to the terminal sickness took a major flip for the more serious not lengthy after his departure from the Dallas Cowboys in 2020, the place he had served as operating backs coach for the earlier seven seasons.

Crew proprietor Jerry Jones issued a heartfelt assertion following the information.

“Gary Brown had an enormous coronary heart partnered with an enormous smile and an enormous persona,” Jones mentioned. “His power and spirit have been infectious. He lit up each room he walked into and touched the lives of those that knew him in such a constructive approach. Everybody who knew him, liked him. He meant a lot to the gamers he coached and the coaches he coached with.

“His love for household, soccer and life was evident every day. He continued to combat, and he by no means gave up. My household and the Dallas Cowboys household are heartbroken, and our love and help are along with his spouse, Kim, his daughters, Malena and Dorianna, and his son, Tre.”

An outpouring of affection flowed onto social media after Brown’s passing, from each NFL and collegiate gamers (and extra) who had the pleasure of crossing his path. A former operating again himself, Brown entered the NFL because the eighth-round choose of the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans group and spent 5 seasons with the membership earlier than touchdown with the New York Giants by means of the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers.

He logged a 1,000-year season with Large Blue in 1998 earlier than ultimately heading to the teaching ranks within the early 2000s — working his approach up from a collegiate assistant to that of RBs coach for the Cleveland Browns.

He’d spend 4 seasons in Cleveland earlier than being employed on as RBs coach for the Cowboys in 2013, the place he was the lead maestro in serving to DeMarco Murray to career-best seasons in addition to fourth-overall choose Ezekiel Elliott burst onto the NFL scene in 2016, together with a resurgence for gamers like Darren McFadden.

“Nice Father, husband, coach, and mentor,” mentioned Murray of Brown’s passing, through Twitter. “Recognize you and your loved ones greater than something GB … Thanks for educating me the way in which on the sphere and in life. Recognize you Gary Brown.”

Brown returned to teaching in 2021, regardless of his well being points, as operating backs coach for the College of Wisconsin — a lifelong, impression footballer who might be remembered for a lot extra.

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