Reporting Meghan McCorkell
BALTIMORE (WJZ)—A former Ravens player is found dead inside his apartment. Now police are investigating.
Meghan McCorkell has the latest details on Orlando Brown’s death.
Police say there were no signs of foul play inside Brown’s apartment. Now they’re trying to determine how Orlando Brown died.
Police tape surrounds the home where Brown was found dead. Medics were called to the townhome on Harbor Island Walk just before 11 a.m. Friday.
An out-of-state caller alerted them something might be wrong there. When paramedics arrived, they found Brown’s lifeless body.
“I think everybody knows what he meant to this organization, to this team, to the Ravens,” said Coach Jim Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens. “He’s still a big part of us. He’s been coming around a lot.”
During his career, Brown played for the Cleveland Browns and the Ravens. Known as “Zeus,” he had two stints with the team from 1996 to 1998 and again from 2003 to 2005. He was injured on the field in 1999 when he was hit in the eye with a penalty flag.
He sat out three seasons with an eye injury and received a sizeable settlement from the NFL.
“I’m not going to go play out of rage of emotion,” he once said, “trying to hurt guys and stuff like this. I’m just going to go play ball.”
Teammates who played alongside “Zeus” are remembering the offensive tackle.
“Zeus always brought out the best in you and you knew that if you came to practice, you better bring it,” said Jarret Johnson, linebacker. “Otherwise, Zeus was going to get you.”
“He was a beast on the field and a great friend off it,” said linebacker Terrell Suggs. “It’s a shame he had to leave us so young.”
Linebacker Ray Lewis says he saw Brown just a few days ago.
“He was one of the greatest men I know,” Lewis said.
An autopsy will be performed to figure out how Brown died.
Orlando Brown leaves behind three sons. He was just 40 years old.