Wisconsin RB coach, former Penn State star passes away after lengthy battle with cancer
A member of Wisconsin’s coaching staff from the 2021 season has passed away.
On Sunday evening, it was reported that RB coach Gary Brown passed away. Brown was twice diagnosed with cancer and was currently battling it. He was unable to travel to the team’s bowl game with former Badger Garrett Groshek filling in as RB coach for the bowl game.
According to Dallas Cowboys writer Clarence Hill Jr., Brown had been in hospice care in his hometown of Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Former Dallas Cowboys running back coach Gary Brown, who spent this past year coaching running backs at Wisconsin, passed away tonight. He was in hospice for the last couple of weeks at in hometown in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Brown was a star running back at Penn State. RIP
— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) April 11, 2022
We will have a story up shortly, but former #Badgers RB coach Gary Brown passed away today.
— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) April 11, 2022
Brown was a running back at Penn State in the late 1980s, finishing with 1,321 yards rushing and 12 offensive touchdowns while also serving as a kick returner. He played in the NFL throughout the 1990s for the Houston Oilers, San Diego Chargers and New York Giants.
As a coach, Brown served time in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns and the Dallas Cowboys. He spent one year on Rutgers’ staff in 2008 and was with the Badgers in 2021 before his condition worsened.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Brown and his family.