Jerome Brown

Jerome Brown

Infobox NFLretired

caption=Brown playing for the Philadelphia Eagles.
position=Defensive tackle
birthdate=birth date|1965|2|4
Brooksville, Florida
deathdate=death date and age|1992|6|25|1965|2|4
Brooksville, Florida
college=University of Miami
* Philadelphia Eagles (1987-1991)
stat1label=Games Played
* 2x Pro Bowl selection (1990, 1991)
* 2x All-Pro selection (1990, 1991)
* Philadelphia Eagles Honor Roll
* Philadelphia Eagles 75th Anniversary Team
* Philadelphia Eagles #99 retired

Jerome Brown (February 4, 1965 - June 25, 1992) was an American football player who played defensive tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League.

Brown was a key player on one of the NFL's top defenses before he died in a 1992 car accident. He is widely considered one of the most dominant defensive linemen to ever play the game.

Brown's son, Dee Brown, is now an outfielder in the farm system of the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball. [cite news|url=|title=Minors notes: Brown progressing|author=Ladson, Bill||date=March 19, 2006|accessdate=2006-03-19]

University of Miami career

Brown played college football at the University of Miami, where he was a standout player for one of college football's most successful programs. He graduated from the university in 1987.

1987 Fiesta Bowl controversies

Among his more notable moments as a University of Miami player, five days before the 1987 Fiesta Bowl, at a promotional Fiesta Bowl dinner with the Penn State team, Brown led a walkout by the Miami players. Leading the walkout, he asked: "Did the Japanese go sit down and have dinner with Pearl Harbor before they bombed them?" Brown and his teammates felt that the Penn State players had disrespected them by openly mocking Miami's coach, Jimmy Johnson, at a pre-game banquet. John Bruno, a punter for the Nittany Lions, observed: " ... didn't the Japanese lose the war?" Penn State beat the heavily-favored Hurricanes 14-10, and were declared National Champions.

Days earlier, Brown and fellow University of Miami players drew even greater national controversy when each were seen deplaning a chartered University of Miami plane at Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport, wearing BDUs, an image that further solidied a national reputation of the University of Miami as "Thug U" in an era where college football players often are instructed to wear suits and ties in pre-Bowl game public appearances.

Philadelphia Eagles

Brown was a first-round draft pick in the 1987 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. During his five-year professional career with the Eagles, he was twice selected to the Pro Bowl (in 1990 and 1991).

Death and legacy

Brown died on June 25, 1992, at the age of 27, following an automobile accident in Florida, in which both he and his nephew were killed when Brown lost control of his Chevrolet Corvette at high speed. Brown was buried in Brooksville, Florida.

"Bring it home for Jerome"

Brown's jersey number (#99) was retired by the Eagles on September 6, 1992, in an emotional pre-game ceremony at Veterans Stadium, prior to the Eagles' first game of the 1992 season. After his death, Eagles players and fans started the unofficial motto, "Bring it home for Jerome," an indirect reference among Eagles fans to bringing a Super Bowl title to the city in Brown's honor. A sign of the fondness with which Eagles fans continue to view Brown, the saying has continued to this day, over 15 years following his death.

See also

* Deaths in Sports


External links

* [ Jerome Brown Community Center, Brooksville, Florida] .
* [ "Jerome Brown's Living Legacy," "The Philadelphia Inquirer", July 17, 2007.]

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