Baltimore Ravens assistant coach Clarence Brooks passed away Saturday morning at a hospital in Weston, Fla., after a battle with esophageal cancer. The long-time assistant coach was 65 years old.
Brooks, from New Bedford, Mass., joined the Ravens in 2005 as a defensive line coach. He was the longest-tenured member on the Ravens’ staff.
“We knew he loved his players,” his wife Justa said, per the team’s official website. “Through all of this, we’ve found out how much his players loved him. We thank everyone for the loving support.”
Brooks had 23 years of coaching experience and was well respected in and out the locker room. He had a tough-love coaching style and was a mentor to several players.
He was on Baltimore’s staff when the team won Super Bowl XLVII against the San Francisco 49ers.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh labeled Brooks as the best defensive line coach that he’s ever been around. During Brooks’ tenure (2005-2015) Baltimore’s defensive line allowed the NFL’s fewest rushing touchdowns (89).
Brooks is survived by Justa, their son, Jason, and daughter, Adrienne, and their two grandchildren, Aviana and Avery, per the Ravens.
Baltimore will play in memory of its coach on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 17, 2016