After the tragic passing of the former Dallas Cowboys running back coach, fans want to know more about Gary Brown’s wife Kim and their children.
Gary Brown, who was Cowboys running back coach for seven seasons, sadly passed away on Sunday (10 April) at the age of 52.
Brown attended Penn State and was an eighth-round draft choice of the Houston Oilers in 1991. He played eight seasons in the NFL with the Oilers, San Diego Chargers and New York Giants before retiring in 1999.
Brown’s career as a running backs coach in the NFL began in 2009 with the Cleveland Browns. Brown joined the Cowboys in 2013 and stayed through to the 2019 season. Most recently, Brown coached running backs at the University of Wisconsin in the 2021 season.
Gary Brown tragically passes away
ESPN reports Brown had been undergoing treatment for cancer. He was first diagnosed with cancer in his colon and liver during his time in Cleveland. He underwent surgery and chemotherapy and returned to the sidelines but was unable to travel with Wisconsin to the Las Vegas Bowl in December while undergoing cancer treatment.
“Gary Brown had a big heart partnered with a big smile and a big personality,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said as part of a statement on Sunday night. “His energy and spirit were infectious. He lit up every room he walked into and touched the lives of those who knew him and loved him.
“His love for his family, football and life was evident each day. He continued to fight, and he never gave up.”
Gary Brown’s wife and family
The former running back was praised for being a doting father, husband and family man. Gary Brown’s wife is Kim, whom he has three children with – daughters Malena and Dorianna, and son Tre.
Kim Brown has stayed out of the media throughout Gary’s career and is not on social media.
In 2014 their daughter, Malena, was 15 years old and was battling chronic myeloid leukaemia, which required a bone marrow transplant. As reported by Penn Live, family and friends organised fundraisers and a bone marrow testing drive in support of Malena.
Gary Brown told the publication: “As a father, it makes you feel good that your daughter has taken such a fighter’s approach to it. Malena’s learning about the ups and downs of the disease. She’s showing a level of maturity I didn’t know she had before she had to face this adversity.
“It makes you proud to see the smile on her face and her will to keep the fight going. She’s not feeling sorry for herself and she won’t let others feel sorry for her.”
Thankfully, in 2016, The Dallas Morning News reported Malena was in remission for leukaemia although she was continuing to take oral chemotherapy.
Tributes pour in for former player/coach
After the sad news broke about Gary’s passing, tributes flooded in on social media:
Our thoughts and prayers are with Gary’s family and friends at this difficult time.