Gary Brown, former Cowboys RBs coach who played eight NFL seasons with three teams, dies at 52

Gary Brown Dies at 52

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Running back Gary Brown, who spent eight seasons in the NFL with three teams

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and later served as an assistant coach in college and the NFL, died Sunday night of liver and kidney failure in his hometown of Williamsport, Pa at 52

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Brown, who twice was diagnosed with cancer, most recently in 2020 when a malignant tumor was detected near his pancreas,

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spent recent weeks in hospice care, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

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Twice topping 1,000 yards rushing in a season, Brown, who won All-American honors at Penn State, finished with 4,300 for his NFL career.

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He played five seasons for the then-Houston Oilers, one season with the then-San Diego Chargers, and two with the New York Giants.

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In 1993 with the Oilers, he rushed for 1,002 yards and six touchdowns and caught 21 passes for 240 yards and two more scores.

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In 1998, his first season with the Giants, he amassed 1,063 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. 

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“He lit up every room he walked into and touched the lives of those who knew him in such a positive way.

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Everyone who knew him, loved him. He meant so much to the players he coached and the coaches he coached with.

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His love for his family, football and life was evident each day,” Jones said in a statement released by the team.

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