Clarence Brooks, the Baltimore Ravens defensive assistant coach has died after losing his battle with cancer, the team announced on Saturday. He was 65.
Brooks came to the Ravens’ organization in 2005, taking over the team’s defensive line and stewarding it for the next 11 years. He coached the team to a championship in Super Bowl XLVII.
“We knew he loved his players,” his wife Justa told BaltimoreRavens.com. “Through all of this, we’ve found out how much his players loved him. We thank everyone for the loving support.”
He went public about his fight against esophogeal cancer in December. He called it “the toughest thing I’ve ever been through.” He missed several games in the 2015 season before he was forced to leave his position.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh called him the greatest defensive line coach he has ever been around.
“One of the finest coaches I have ever met, he changed the lives and influenced players and coaches for the better,” Harbaugh said. “He was a great man, loving husband and devoted father. He was as tough and determined in adversity as you’ll ever see and as loyal a friend as there is.”