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‘My Family and The Dallas Cowboys Family Are Heartbroken’: Jerry Jones Pens Tearful Goodbye To Coach Gary Brown Upon His Death

Published 04/11/2022, 9:00 AM EDT

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The Dallas Cowboys lose an additional piece of their vast family with the death of Gary Brown. His most recent stint inside the NFL was as the Cowboys’ running backs coach. Since departing the Cowboys following the 2019 campaign, he has had severe health apprehensions and has been in intensive care for the past three weeks.

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Brown has been battling cancer. He spent the last few weeks of his life in a hospice at his birthplace of Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Brown had already been diagnosed with cancer once before. They granted him a positive diagnosis after undergoing chemotherapy and surgical intervention, as per Cowboys Wire.


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Unfortunately, he was diagnosed for the second time shortly after the Cowboys’ coaching transition in early 2020. Brown’s pancreatic areas had a cancerous growth.

Jerry Jones gives a heartfelt goodbye to Gary Brown

Jerry Jones, the President and General Manager of the Dallas Cowboys, came out with a statement following the unfortunate incident.

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He mentions this in a press release issued late Sunday night. “His love for his family, football, and life was evident each day. He continued to fight, and he never gave up. My family and the Dallas Cowboys family are heartbroken, and our love and support are with his wife, Kim, his daughters, Malena and Dorianna, and his son, Tre.”


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Brown’s death is the latest in a string of unfortunate news for the Cowboys family in recent weeks. Marylyn Love, Jerry Jones’ longstanding assistant, died in March at the age of 80, and Hall of Fame offensive tackle Rayfield Wright died barely a few weeks ago.

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Following his pro career, Brown went into mentoring, serving as the Cowboys’ running backs trainer from 2013 to 2019. He mentored DeMarco Murray and Ezekiel Elliott to NFL rushing crowns, and Peyton Hillis rushed for over 1,000 yards in a campaign while instructing the Cleveland Browns’ RBs. His final coaching position was as the Wisconsin Badgers’ running backs coordinator in the past season.


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In the 1990s, Gary Brown was a running back. Brown was the 8th choice of the Houston Oilers in 1991. He spent five years with them before moving on to the Chargers and the Giants for his total career of eight seasons. After his time in the Cowboys, he ended up joining Wisconsin and guided the Badgers for the entire 2021 season. However, he had to skip the Las Vegas Bowl due to health complications in December.


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The Dallas Cowboys, Bobby Belt, DeMarco Murray, New York Giants, Jane Slater, and Ron Dayne wished the deceased soul well along his new journey to the RB coach.

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Pavitra Shome


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Pavitra Shome is an NFL author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his M.A.
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