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Ravens Assistant Coach Clarence Brooks Passes Away

BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Clarence Brooks “C.B.” the Baltimore Ravens’ longest-tenured assistant coach, passed away Saturday morning at the age of 65.

He died after battling esophageal and stomach cancer. He joined the organization in 2005 and served 11 seasons as defensive line coach.

Brooks was a 24-year NFL coaching veteran and one of six assistant coaches retained by head coach John Harbaugh upon his 2008 Baltimore arrival.

During Brooks’ Baltimore tenure as defensive line coach (2005-15), the Ravens allowed the NFL’s fewest rushing touchdowns (89), second-fewest points per game (18.9) and the league’s second-fewest rushing yards per game (94.2).

In each of Brooks’ first seven full seasons in Baltimore (2005-11), the Ravens’ defense ranked in the Top 10 in total yards allowed. During his second year (2006), the defense ranked No. 1 (264.1 ypg), while finishing second overall in 2008 (261.1 ypg).

Brooks’ defensive line helped the Ravens become the only team to rank among the NFL’s Top 5 in red zone defense in 10 of the past 12 seasons (2004-15).

Brooks played guard at the University of Massachusetts from 1970-72 and was a team captain in his final season. He earned All-Conference and All-East honors on the offensive line before graduating with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. Born in New York City on May 20, 1951, Brooks attended New Bedford High School in Massachusetts, where he lettered in football and track and field.

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  1. ECAN sends deepest condolences to the entire Ravens family. Esophageal Cancer sadly steals far too many lives – especially of American men. It is the fastest increasing cancer diagnosis among American men today. It is why the Esophageal Cancer Action Network (ECAN – http://www.ecan.org) works tirelessly to inform the public that reflux disease can cause cancer. Sadly, this is a disease that produces few recognizable symptoms until it is too late. That’s why we beg those of you with persistent heartburn, or heartburn that has gone away for no apparent reason (this can be a bad sign), sore throat, cough, hoarse voice, choking upon lying down – even hiccups – to see your doctor about a scope to check your esophagus. If caught at early stages – or even treatable pre-cancerous stages – this disease is survivable and preventable. But for most patients it is not caught early enough. Esophageal Cancer will kill four out of five patients who receive this diagnosis – mostly because their cases are caught too late. ECAN sends condolences to all who mourn the loss of Coach Brooks, called “the sweetest man in football.” Since we are based in Baltimore and count many Ravens fans among our supporters (including me), we have our own personal sadness about this tragedy. Esophageal Cancer took the life of my favorite Ravens fan, my husband Monte Mordecai. His death, like that of so many American men, could likely have been prevented with early detection. Show your loved ones how much their lives mean to you by making sure that if they suffer with persistent reflux, they get checked.

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