BALTIMORE (WUSA) - Clarence Brooks, who served as a defensive line coach with the Baltimore Ravens for 11 years, has died. He was 65.
The Ravens announced that Brooks died Saturday in Weston, Florida. He had esophageal and stomach cancer.
Brooks joined the Ravens in 2005. He coached the defensive line until this spring, when he underwent treatment for his illness. He transitioned into a senior defensive assistant role.
His 24-year career as an NFL coach began in 1993 with the Chicago Bears. He also served as an assistant with Cleveland in 1999 and at Miami from 2000-04.
During his 11-year run as overseer of Baltimore's defensive front, the Ravens allowed the fewest rushing touchdowns and second-fewest rushing yards per game.
Before coming to the NFL, Brooks coached in college at Arizona, Syracuse and Massachusetts.