Remembering Gary Brown, one in every of Williamsport’s all-time soccer greats | Information, Sports activities, Jobs

FILE – This can be a photograph of Gary Brown of the Dallas Cowboys NFL soccer group, in 2016. Gary Brown, who rushed for 4,300 yards whereas taking part in on three NFL groups within the Nineties earlier than happening to educate working backs within the professional and school ranks, has died. He was 52. Wisconsin’s athletic division and the Dallas Cowboys introduced that Brown died Sunday. (AP Picture/File)

Gary Brown, one in every of Williamsport’s all-time soccer greats, handed away Sunday evening after a battle with most cancers. He was 52 years outdated and is survived by his spouse, Kim, his son, Tre, and his daughters, Malena and Dorianna.

Brown was a exceptional working again and observe and area athlete at Williamsport and went on to play soccer beneath Joe Paterno at Penn State. After turning into the Millionaires’ all-time main rusher, he would lead the Nittany Lions in dashing in 1988. He was chosen by the Houston Oilers within the 1991 NFL Draft within the eighth spherical with the 214th choice. He performed within the NFL for eight years, and had a breakout season in 1993 when he ran for 1,002 yards and 6 touchdowns in simply eight video games.

“Gary Brown had an enormous coronary heart partnered with an enormous smile and an enormous persona. His vitality and spirit have been infectious,” Dallas Cowboys proprietor Jerry Jones stated in an announcement on Sunday. “He lit up each room he walked into and touched the lives of those that knew him in such a optimistic means. Everybody who knew him, liked him. He meant a lot to the gamers he coached and the coaches he coached with.

“His love for his household, soccer and life was evident every day. He continued to battle, and he by no means gave up.”

Following his time with Houston, he performed for one season with the San Diego Chargers in 1997 after which had a 1,000-yard season with the New York Giants in 1998 (1,063) and ran for 945 with San Diego. Brown retired after the 1999 season with 4,300 dashing yards and 21 touchdowns between 1991-99.

Brown ascended all through the faculty ranks as a coach after his retirement from the NFL. He coached at Lycoming as a working backs coach from 2003-05 earlier than turning into Susquehanna’s offensive coordinator from 2006-07. He then grew to become a working backs coach at Rutgers in 2008 earlier than making it to the NFL. After teaching within the NFL from 2009-19, Brown grew to become a working backs coach for one season in 2021 at Wisconsin.

“I’m deeply saddened by Gary’s passing. Although he was solely on our employees for a yr he had a profound influence on our gamers and our program. We’re all higher folks for having identified Gary,” Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst stated in an announcement on Sunday evening. “He was an amazing particular person, a terrific coach and a pleasure to be round. He had nice vitality and keenness for all times and that confirmed on daily basis. My deepest condolences exit to his spouse, Kim, his youngsters Malena and Dorianna and Tre, and his total household, his pals and everybody who liked him.”

Throughout that span with Dallas, Brown coached DeMarco Murray and Ezekiel Elliott, each of which led the league in dashing. He additionally coached Darren McFadden who ran for 1,000 yards in 2015. Beneath Brown, Dallas averaged not less than 4.5 yards per carry every season.

“Nice Father, Husband, Coach, and Mentor. Admire you and your loved ones greater than something GB,” Murray tweeted on Sunday. “Thanks for educating me the way in which on the sector and in life. Admire you Gary Brown.”

Previous to teaching Dallas, Brown was a coach with the Cleveland Browns from 2009-12.

“We mourn the passing of Gary Brown, an ideal man who performed for Large Blue for 2 years — together with a 1,000-yard season in 1998. As soon as a Big, at all times a Big,” the New York Giants stated in a group assertion on Sunday.

Williamsport Mayor Derek Slaughter shared this on his social media, “As most everybody is aware of by now, Williamsport misplaced one other pillar in our neighborhood. This one actually hits residence as Gary was my cousin. Gary left us a lot too quickly. Nonetheless, he gave us a lifetime of reminiscences each on and off the sector. He lit up each room he entered together with his million greenback smile and his fast wit. Gary was extraordinarily beneficiant all through the years whereas wanting little to no recognition for his generosity.”

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