Wisconsin RBs coach Gary Brown dies at 52

The college football and NFL community lost a family member on Sunday as Wisconsin running backs coach Gary Brown died at the age of 52. with the Dallas Cowboys before joining the Badgers in 2021.

According to DallasCowboys.com writer Nick Eatman, Brown died in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and had been in hospice care for a few weeks.

“I am deeply saddened by the passing of Gary,” Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said, according to uwbadgers.com. “Although he was only part of our team for a year, he had a profound impact on our players and our program. We are all better people to have known Gary. He was a great person, a great coach and a joy to be with him. He had a lot of energy and passion for life and it showed every day. My deepest condolences go out to his wife, Kim, his children, Malena and Dorianna and Tre, and to all his family, friends and all who loved him.

Brown was running back for the Nittany Lions from 1987-1990, racking up 1,321 rushing yards and 11 rushing scores via 260 carries in 44 games while contributing 24 receptions for 264 yards and a touchdown through the air as well. Brown was selected by the Houston Oilers in the eighth round of the 1991 NFL Draft and spent the first five seasons of his career with the franchise.

He produced a pair of 1,000-yard rushing seasons, first with the Oilers in 1993 and then with the New York Giants in 1998. Brown concluded his playing career with 1,032 rushes for 4,300 yards and 21 touchdowns, as well as 84 receptions for 631 yards. and three scores in 99 games.

Prior to joining Dallas in 2013, Brown coached running backs at Lycoming College (2003 to 2005), Rutgers University (2008) and the Cleveland Browns (2009 to 2012). He also served as the offensive coordinator for Susquehanna University in 2006 and 2007.

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