Ravens Coach Clarence Brooks Passes Away

Long-time Ravens assistant coach Clarence Brooks has passed away following a battle with esophageal cancer, the team announced the morning. Brooks was 65-years-old, and he was the longest-tenured member of the Ravens’ coaching staff.

Clarence BrooksBrooks first joined the organization back in 2005 as the team’s defensive line coach, and John Harbaugh declared him “the greatest defensive line coach” he’s ever worked with. Jason La Canfora tweets that much of the Ravens defensive success has been attributed to Brooks, while Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun tweets that Brooks was “one of most popular and beloved assistants that Ravens have ever had.”

Garrett Downing of BaltimoreRavens.com highlights the respect the Brooks had earned in the locker room, adding that it “was evident throughout the last two seasons as he continued coaching despite the cancer diagnoses.” His wife, Justa, also remarked on the impact he left on his players.

“We knew he loved his players,” she said. “Through all of this, we’ve found out how much his players loved him. We thank everyone for the loving support.”

Prior to his tenure with the Ravens, Brooks spent time on the Dolphins, Browns, and Bears coaching staff. He also coached at the University of Arizona, Syracuse, and the University of Massachusetts, where he played for three seasons.

Our thoughts and condolences are with Mr.Brooks’ family and friends.

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  1. Rest in peace.

  2. Michael

    He sounds like he was a great guy.

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