Former NFL running back and Dallas Cowboys assistant coach Gary Brown has died at the age of 52.
Cowboys President and General Manager Jerry Jones released a statement on Brown’s deathHe said he has a “big heart coupled with a big smile and big personality.”
“His energy and spirit were contagious. He lit up every room he walked in and touched the lives of those who knew him in such a positive way. Everyone who knew him loved him. He meant so much to the players he coached and the coaches he trained with
“His love for his family, football and life was evident every day. He kept fighting and never gave up. My family and the Dallas Cowboys family are heartbroken and our love and support goes out to his wife Kim, daughters Malena and Dorianna and son Tre.”
In college, Brown played for Penn State before being drafted by the Houston Oilers in 1991. During his career, he played for the San Diego Chargers and the New York Giants and finished with 4,300 rushing yards, 631 receiving yards and 24 total touchdowns.
The New Giants called Brown a “big man” in their own statement.
“We mourn the loss of Gary Brown, a great man who played for Big Blue for two years – including a 1,000-yard season in 1998,” the team said in a post official twitter account.
“Once a giant, always a giant.”
After retiring, Brown became the Cowboys’ running backs coach from 2013 to 2019. DeMarco Murray (2014) and Ezekiel Elliott (2016 and 2018) both won NFL rushing titles under his coaching.
Brown was also the running backs coach for the Wisconsin Badgers last season. Braelon Allen, a breakout star under Brown’s coaching last year shared a photo of him and his trainer.
“This one hurts… rest coach,” he wrote.
According to Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Brown was unable to travel to the Badgers bowl game due to health issues.
Brown was diagnosed with cancer of the colon and liver, Potrykus reported, but was declared healthy and able to follow chemotherapy and surgery.
However, Brown was diagnosed with cancer again after the 2019 season after doctors discovered a malignant tumor near his pancreas.
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