Gary Brown, who spent seven seasons as a coach for the Dallas Cowboys, died Sunday after being treated for cancer. He was 52 years old.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a statement, “Gary Brown had a big heart, a big smile and a great personality. His energy and spirit were infectious.” “He lit up every room he walked into and touched the lives of those who knew him in a positive way. Everyone who knew him loved him. He meant so much to the players he trained and the coaches he trained with.
“His love for his family, football and life was evident every day. He kept fighting and he never gave up.”
Brown was with the Cowboys from 2013 to 2019 and had three different running appearances up to 1,000 yards, including DeMarco Murray, Darren McFadden and Ezekiel Elliot. Murray (2014) and Elliott (2016, 2018) won the NFL Speedway under Brown’s tutelage.
“A great father, husband, coach, and mentor. I appreciate you and your family more than anything else,” Murray tweeted. “Thank you for teaching me the way on the field and in life. I appreciate you Gary Brown.”
A great father, husband, coach, and mentor. I appreciate you and your family more than anything GB… Thank you for teaching me the way in the field and in life. I appreciate you Gary Brown. 🙏🏾
– DeMarcoMurray (@DeMarcoMurray) April 11, 2022
Brown most recently served as the quarterback coach in Wisconsin during the 2021 season. He was unable to travel with the team to the Las Vegas Bowl in December while undergoing cancer treatment.
“I am deeply saddened by Gary’s passing,” Wisconsin coach Paul Crest said in a statement. “Even though he has only been a member of our team for a year, he has had a profound impact on our players and our program. We are all better people because we have known Gary. He was such an amazing person, a great coach and a pleasure to be around him. He had great energy and passion for life and it shows all day “.
Brown was first diagnosed with colon and liver cancer during his time at Cleveland, where he coached the Browns from 2009-2012. He underwent surgery and chemotherapy and is back on the sidelines.
Not long after he was assigned to Mike McCarthy’s staff, doctors found a malignant tumor near Brown’s pancreas. He did not train in 2020 before joining the Badgers staff in 2021.
After dashing for 1,321 yards during his college career at Penn State, Brown was a favorite in the eighth round of the Houston Oilers in 1991. He played eight seasons in the NFL with the Oilers, San Diego Chargers, and New York Giants, sending two 1000 – Fate of the Seasons when he was a member of Oilers (1993) and Giants (1998). Retired in 1999.
“We are so sorry for the passing of Gary Brown, the great guy who played for Big Blue for two years – including the 1,000-yard season in 1998. The team was once a giant, always a giant” He said in a statement.
Brown is survived by his wife Kim, daughters Malina and Doriana and son Trey.
ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg contributed to this report.