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Ravens assistant coach Clarence Brooks passes away

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Ravens assistant coach Clarence Brooks passed away Saturday morning after a battle with esophageal cancer.

Brooks was 65.

He had been with the Ravens since 2005 as defensive line coach and spent 24 years as an NFL assistant coach after first coaching for nearly two decades in college. His first NFL job was with the Bears in 1993, and he then worked for the Browns and Dolphins before landing in Baltimore, first on the staff of Brian Billick and then on the staff of current Ravens coach John Harbaugh.

Brooks went public with his diagnoses last December. He was still working with the Ravens last spring as a senior defensive assistant while undergoing treatments.

During Brooks’ tenure as defensive line coach from 2005-2015, the Ravens allowed the NFL’s fewest rushing touchdowns (89), second-fewest points per game (18.9) and the league’s second-fewest rushing yards per game (94.2).

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  1. pdidit09 says: Sep 17, 2016 10:56 AM

    Prayers to his family. I had a brother that passed with the same cancer. Also Sis had breast cancer and passed. Currently have 2 brothers one with terminal liver and the other just had his prostate removed and will be facing radiation later this week. It is a terrible life sucking disease.

  2. mailmanmalone says: Sep 17, 2016 11:05 AM

    Sad news, he was a good man.


  3. bunkmcnulty says: Sep 17, 2016 11:08 AM

    Totally unsung member of some great defenses. CB you fought the good fight. RiP coach!

  4. krabballs says: Sep 17, 2016 11:16 AM

    Prayers to the Brooks and the Ravens family.

  5. TB12RALLYCRY says: Sep 17, 2016 11:19 AM

    thats a shame……good coach…theres not a person on the planet not effected by this horrific disease…..

  6. bigfella87 says: Sep 17, 2016 11:19 AM

    An unsung hero outside of the Ravens’ organization for sure. Rest easy to a great man.

  7. hakunamangata says: Sep 17, 2016 11:42 AM

    Rest in peace sir. Prayers to your family and all those effected by this horrible disease

  8. raiderej says: Sep 17, 2016 11:45 AM

    Blessings to him and his family. RIP Brooks!

  9. chuckshontaspads says: Sep 17, 2016 11:53 AM

    Prayers for Coach Brooks and his family.

  10. stillers213 says: Sep 17, 2016 12:20 PM

    RIP Mr. Brooks. We need to do much more toward cancer research in this country. Imagine a world where people contributed to this cause in the same manner in which they contribute to political campaigns.

  11. ad28bestever says: Sep 17, 2016 12:22 PM

    Terrible news. RIP coach. Prayers to his family, and Ravens nation.

  12. tylereifertisunstoppable says: Sep 17, 2016 12:54 PM

    Sucks. Sorry for your loss Ravens family.

  13. clashpoint says: Sep 17, 2016 1:45 PM

    My honest condolences, from a Steelers fan.
    Respect where respect is due.

  14. coltsreign says: Sep 17, 2016 1:52 PM

    Man that truly sucks. It looks like he was a pseudo Defensive Coordinator with those kinds of stats.

  15. shadywarrior says: Sep 17, 2016 2:54 PM

    Terrible news. Coached a D-line that gave my boys fits. Condolences from Patriots-Land

  16. whodatnhollywood says: Sep 17, 2016 3:07 PM

    May the Father and the ancestors welcome him with open arms. Condolences to Coach Brooks’ family and those who loved and cared for him.

  17. eleventyeight says: Sep 17, 2016 3:58 PM

    I’m a Steelers die-hard but give much respect to his game.

    Prayers for his people too.

  18. ilovemyravens says: Sep 17, 2016 4:14 PM

    R.I.P. coach, you will be terribly missed…

  19. connfyoozed says: Sep 17, 2016 7:22 PM

    Much respect and condolences from a Steelers fan. He was an excellent coach, and sounds like he was a great man too.

  20. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 17, 2016 9:31 PM

    Condolences. He obviously knew his stuff, put together some bad-ass D-lines in his day.

  21. bunkmcnulty says: Sep 18, 2016 10:05 AM

    My thanks to the Steelers and Bengals fans passing along respect. Thanks for being stand up and putting life before football. RESPECT!!!

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