Clarence Brooks, the longest-tenured assistant coach on the Baltimore Ravens' staff, died Saturday after a battle with esophageal cancer. He was 65.
Brooks joined the Ravens in 2005 and coached the defensive line for 11 seasons. He moved to a senior defensive assistant role in December after revealing his diagnosis.
“We knew he loved his players,” Brooks' wife Justa said, according to the team's website. “Through all of this, we've found out how much his players loved him. We thank everyone for the loving support."
In Brooks' 11 years as line coach, the Ravens surrendered the fewest rushing touchdowns (89) of any NFL team during that span. He helped mold the career of defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, a five-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time all-pro pick.
Prior to joining the Ravens, Brooks coached with the Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns, and Chicago Bears.