Long-time Ravens assistant coach Clarence Brooks dies at 65 after battling cancer
Brooks fought esophageal and stomach cancer for nearly a year
Long-time Baltimore Ravens assistant coach Clarence Brooks passed away Saturday morning at the age of 65 after battling esophageal and stomach cancer since last October. The Ravens announced news of Brooks' passing via their official web site, and included a statement from his wife, Justa.
"We knew he loved his players," Justa said. "Through all of this, we've found out how much his players loved him. We thank everyone for the loving support."
Brooks served for 11 seasons as Baltimore's defensive line coach before transitioning to the role of senior defensive assistant this offseason. As the Ravens' web site noted, the team allowed the NFL's fewest rushing touchdowns (89), second-fewest points per game (18.9) and second-fewest rushing yards per game (94.2) during Brooks' tenure coaching the defensive line.
Prior to joining the Ravens in 2005, Brooks coached for the Dolphins, Browns, and Bears, as well as the University of Arizona, Syracuse University, and the University of Massachusetts, where he played as a guard during his college career.
Brooks is survived by his wife Justa, their children Jason and Adrienne, and his grandchildren Aviana and Avery.
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