Brooksville, FL Football Player Dies In Wreck, Jun 1992
FOOTBALL STAR DIES IN CRASH.
Brooksville, Fla. (AP) - Philadelphia Eagles star defensive lineman JEROME BROWN was killed Thursday when the sports car he was driving skidded out of control after leaving a car dealership in his Florida hometown, police said.
Brooksville police chief Ed Tincher said BROWN'S 12-year-old nephew also was killed in the single-car accident. The nephew's name wasn't immediately released.
The chief said further details on the accident would not be released until Friday. Earlier, he told reporters at the scene that BROWN, 27, was leaving a Chevrolet dealer about 4 p.m. when his Corvette skidded and flipped over on a rain-slicked road off U.S. 41.
A witness who wouldn't give his name said BROWN'S car was demolished.
"He hit a palm tree when he left the shoulder of the road," the witness, identified as only a Brooksville man, told the Ocala Star-Banner. The car "rolled over and wound up against a light pole."
BROWN was born and raised in Brooksville and spent his off-season there.
The powerful 6-foot-2, 295-pound tackle anchored the Eagles' defensive line. He went to the Pro Bowl the last two seasons.
"This is a devastating loss to his family, his friends, his community and obviously to this football team," Eagles general manager Harry Gamble said. "He was warm and caring. He was a special person."
Known for his flamboyance, BROWN symbolized the outlaw image of the Eagles during Buddy Ryan's tenure. He spent all of last season's training camp holding out for more money, but when he returned with a contract worth more than $1 million with incentives, he gave his new coach, Rich Kotite, a hug as he headed for the field for the Eagles' first game.
The Eagles took BROWN as the ninth draft pick in 1987 after he was voted an All-American out of Miami.
BROWN, 27, was known for his humor and pranks in the locker room and for his kindness off the field, volunteering to work with children in Philadelphia and starting a football camp this year in his hometown.
Last year, BROWN spent most of his offseason in Orlando undergoing a reconditioning program.
Kokomo Tribune Indiana 1992-06-25