Former NFL Player Ross Browner’s Death after Battling COVID-19
Bengals Super Bowl Starwart Ross Browner passed away on January 4, 2022, at the age of 67. Ross Browner’s cause of death was revealed shortly after his death.
The NFL announced Tuesday that former defensive end Ross Browner died Tuesday from COVID-19 complications after fighting the illness for a month.
Ross Dean Browner was born on March 22, 1954, in Warren, Ohio. He was known as a football defensive end who played ten seasons in the National Football League. He mainly played for the Cincinnati Bengals and was named to the Bengals’ 40th Anniversary Team in 2007.
He was one of the most decorated defensive players in the history of college football. Browner was a four-year starter at defensive end in 1973 and 1975-77 at the University of Notre Dame.
In 1976, Browner won the Outland Trophy as the nation’s best interior or defensive lineman. In 1976 United Press International named him Lineman of the Year.
Ross won the Lombardi Trophy as the nation’s best lineman and the Maxwell Award as the nation’s best player. He also won the UPI Lineman of the Year Award, the only player ever to win it twice.
Browner was the only lineman who won the Maxwell in the 1970s. In 1977, Ross also placed fifth in voting for the Heisman Trophy.
During his senior year in college, Browner was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated with the title of “Notre Dame’s Peerless Ross Browner.” He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999.
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What’s Ross Browner’s Cause of Death at 67?
Ross Browner’s cause of death was announced on January 4, 2021. According to former cornerback Louis Breeden, he died of COVID complications at the age of 67.
After retiring, Ross lived for several years in Mason, Ohio, and worked in sports entertainment, the cleaning industry, mortgages, insurance, and business development. Browner latterly worked in real estate and lived in Nashville, Tennessee.
He was the father of former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Max Starks and former University of Arizona player Rylan Browner. His brothers are former NFL players Keith Browner and Jimmie Browner, Joey Browner.
After the sad news of Ross Browner’s death was revealed, his friends and social media users flooded social media with tribute messages. Many fans also took to Twitter to pay Pigonant tributes to him.
“He was always fine. If he was down because of a loss, he wasn’t down that long and was picking up everyone else,” Louis Breeden said.
“Ross was a unique player in the sense that he didn’t see such a move in the defensive line. He wasn’t the biggest man in weight, but Ross quickly removed the ball, was very athletic, and used his hands well,” Breeden said of the 6-3, 262 pound Browner.
“It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of my Father, Ross Browner. The world has lost a Titan, @CFBHOF member, @Bengals Legend, but he was most proud of being an @NDFootball alumnus. Our hearts are heavy, but he is at peace now,” Max Starks IV said.
Matt Smith wrote: “I think many Notre Dame fans over 50 will tell you Ross Browner was the greatest player they ever saw play for the Fighting Irish. Earl Campbell probably agrees.”
“so sad to see that the greatest defensive end to ever play the greatest sport in the world for the irish just passed away. What a legend he was. Rest in peace #89 ross browner,” a Twitter user wrote.
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