Name: William Jerome Brown III
Team: Philadelphia Eagles (1987-1991)
Position: Defensive Tackle
Birth: February 4th, 1965 in Brooksville, Florida
Death: June 25th, 1992 in Brooksville, Florida
College: University of Miami
Draft: 1987, Round 1, Pick 9 by the Philadelphia Eagles
Awards, Accolades: 2x Pro Bowl (1990, 1991), 2x All-Pro (1990, 1991), Philadelphia Eagles 75th Anniversary Team, Philadelphia Eagles #99 retired
"Tonight I had planned on sharing a testimony, but it’s kinda been altered. Today, I lost a great friend. Philadelphia lost a great player… Jerome Brown died today."
After a unison gasp from the fans in the stadium, silence deafened Veterans Stadium. Reggie White, just moments after finding out the news for himself, had announced to the world that Jerome Brown, the heart of a Philadelphia defense, had passed away in a freak car accident just earlier that day.
Reggie White, being drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1987, was an anchor to what became some of the most feared defenses of the era. He was not alone, however, as he had a partner, a great friend, and a great football player in Jerome Brown on the other side of him.
"You’ll never have two defensive lineman on the same defensive line like these two guys. Never ever in the history of the game." —Michael Irvin
Jerome Brown. Loud, passionate, a leader, a role model. A fierce player on the field and a symbol of Philadelphia pride forever. His love for speed and his love for Corvettes were a defining trait for him… even until his very end. even his style of play personified a Corvette on the field—powerful, strong, fleeting, fast… and capable of leaving unspeakable destruction.
The Eagles retired Jerome’s #99 jersey prior to the first game of the 1992 season—a season that was dubbed the “Season to Remember”. “Bring it home for Jerome” chants were called throughout the season and Jerome’s name was called out at the end of defensive huddles. Fueled by the emotional weight of losing the heart and soul of the defense, the Eagles would win its first playoff games in twelve years in 1992, but fell short of a Super Bowl.
Philadelphia has never forgotten Jerome Brown, and to this day he remains a symbol of Philadelphia Eagles and a sad reminder that even for the ones destined for greatness, life cannot be predicted.
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