Former Cowboys RB coach Gary Brown passes at 52

Former Cowboys running back coach Gary Brown, who helped shape Ezekiel Elliot’s career, died Sunday of cancer at the age of 52.

The NFL and college football community lost a cherished member with the tragic death of Gary Brown on Sunday.

The former Penn State running back, who played for the Oilers, Chargers and Giants in the NFL before beginning a long coaching career with teams like the Cowboys and Browns, died of cancer.

He was 52.

Many football communities came together to mourn Brown’s death, including those in which he trained and played.

Twitter mourns the loss of former Cowboys running backs coach Gary Brown

Brown was an eight-round pick for the Oilers in the 1991 NFL Draft. He played at Houston from 1991 to 1995 and had a 1,002-yard season in 1993.

After a year with the Chargers, who rushed for 945 yards, he joined the Giants and had another successful campaign in 1,063 yards and touchdowns.

He rushed for 4,300 yards and 21 touchdowns on 1,032 carries in his eight-year career.

Brown retired after the 1999 season and went into coaching.

In 2008, he got a gig as a running backs coach at Rutgers. He took a job with the Browns the next year and stayed with the team through 2012.

Dallas hired Brown as a running backs coach in 2013. Immediately, he helped running back DeMarco Murray achieve back-to-back Pro Bowl seasons.

When the Cowboys called up Ezekiel Elliot, Brown was there to lead him to three Pro Bowls in his first four seasons.

In 2020, Brown was not retained by the new coaching staff and took a year off from coaching while tending to his health. He joined the staff at Paul Chryst in Wisconsin for the 2021 season but had to miss the Las Vegas Bowl as his battle with cancer progressed. Former Cowboys RB coach Gary Brown passes at 52

John Verrall

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