(BROOKSVILLE)- June 25, 1992 was a tragic day for all those who knew of former Philadelphia Eagles’ great Jerome Brown.
At the prime, young age of 27, Brown died in an automobile accident in Brooksville and his death hit Hernando County, Philadelphia and the National Football League hard. This past Sunday would’ve marked Brown’s 53rd birthday and with the Eagles playing the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII, Philadelphia delivered the ‘City of Brotherly Love’ it’s first championship.
Philadelphia was one of 13 NFL franchises that had still yet to hoist the Lombardi trophy at the end of the season, so it seemed only fitting that the Eagles were able to pull it off on a day that means a lot to those in the green, black and white. The Eagles pulled off the 41-33 upset of the Patriots this past Sunday at U.S. Bank Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota to cap off a memorable postseason run.
Brown, who played his high school football at Hernando High School, was apart of some of Philadelphia’s toughest defenses during the late 1980’s. The former Leopard teamed up with the late Reggie White to form one of the most intimidating defensive lines in the NFL. As the No. 9 pick in the first round of the 1987 draft coming out of the University of Miami, Brown was highly touted at the defensive tackle position and lived up to the billing.
The former Hernando product was able to earn two All-Pro honors along with making the Pro Bowl twice. In 76 games played, Brown recorded 29.5 sacks during his playing career. His number 99 jersey was retired by the Eagles and was inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame. Number 99 was worn by many Eagles fans in US Bank Stadium on Sunday.
After Brown passed away in June, 1992, the Eagles went into the season with the rallying cry of “Bring it home for Jerome” and despite not being able to do so 26 years ago, Philadelphia has finally come through for one of its most beloved athletes.