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Baltimore Ravens former assistant coach Clarence Brooks tragically loses his battle to cancer

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Baltimore Ravens assistant coach Clarence Brooks tragically lost his battle to esophageal cancer at the age of 65 in Florida this morning which is first reported by Brooks is well known as one of the best, if not the best defensive line coach in NFL and he is even more known as a better person especially among those who are close to him most.

Brooks’ wife Justa Brooks spoke on his passing via

“We knew he loved his players. . . Through all of this, we've found out how much his players loved him. We thank everyone for the loving support."

When Brooks entered the the Ravens organization a little over a decade ago, he took over the defensive line position that was once held by Rex Ryan. When Ryan left to become a head coach after the 2008 season, Brooks managed to hold serve on a defensive unit that has set an NFL record for going 20 years without allowing over 4.0 yards per carry on the ground.

Whenever the Ravens defense went through its ups and downs over the last few seasons, the run defense has always been the makeup of the team that has held the defense together and maintained an identity for the physical brand of football that the Ravens defense is known for. Brooks has everything to do with that.

Many defensive coordinators and assistant coaches have left the Ravens defense since 2005. Many players have left the Ravens defense since 2005. But the one constant on that side of the ball whether player or a coach, has always been Clarence Brooks. He will be missed as a coach and even more as a person.

Here are some tweets below in Ravens nation who show their support for Brooks and his family.