Baltimore Ravens assistant coach Clarence Brooks died Friday night after a bout with stomach and esophageal cancer. He was 65.
Brooks coached in the league for 24 years, breaking into the NFL in 1993 with the Chicago Bears. After making stops in Cleveland and Miami, he joined the Ravens in 2005, making him the longest tenured coach on this year’s staff. For the past 11 years, Brooks coached Baltimore’s defensive line.
According to the Baltimore Sun, Brooks fell ill in September 2015; he shared his diagnosis with the team following its Oct. 1 win against the Steelers. Brooks made his diagnosis public in December. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh moved Brooks to the position of special defensive assistant in January, hiring Joe Cullen to take over the defensive line.
Brooks will be survived by his wife, daughter, two grandchildren, and son, Jason, who is the tight ends coach at Florida International University.