According to USA Today Sports Trojans Wire’s Matt Zemek: “Chris Brown (former USC Trojans offensive lineman student-athlete) has died at the age of 24, as (USC Football Head Coach) Clay Helton announced on Sunday:”
USA Today Sports Trojans Wire reports that “Chris Brown’s cause of death — at press time — had not yet been announced.”
USC Athletics tweeted: “#FightOnForever, Chris Brown. So young. So talented. Gone far too soon.”
On the football field, Brown had so many accomplishments.
More recently, per USA Today Sports Trojans Wire: “He was an undrafted NFL free agent who signed with the Los Angeles Chargers after the 2019 draft…(then) sought a bounce-back opportunity in professional football with the DC Defenders of the XFL. He was one of three USC players on XFL rosters in 2020.”
At USC, the Trojans’ football site lists his many accolades. In honor of Brown, here’s the full summary from the Trojans’ site:
“He has 17 career starts and has appeared in 41 games.
2018: The veteran, talented Brown returns for his second season as a starting offensive guard as a senior in 2018.
2017: Brown started all 14 games at left offensive guard as a junior in 2017. He also was able to play tackle. He made 2017 All-Pac-12 honorable mention and won USC’s Offensive Lineman of the Year Award.
2016: Brown saw action in all 13 games at left offensive guard and on special teams as a sophomore in 2016. He started the Alabama opener.
2015: Brown saw action as a backup offensive guard and on special teams in all 14 games as a redshirt freshman in 2015. He even started twice (at right guard at Oregon and at left guard against UCLA).
2014: Brown redshirted as a freshman offensive tackle at USC in 2014, his first year at USC.
HIGH SCHOOL: He made 2013 ESPN 300, Prep Star All-West, Cal-Hi Sports All-State second team, Max Preps All-State Division I first team, All-CIF Pac-5 Division, Los Angeles Times All-Area, Wave Newspapers All-West Region and All-Serra League Lineman of the Year as a senior offensive tackle at Loyola High in Los Angeles (Calif.).
He was a 3-year starter at Loyola. Current Trojans Reuben Peters, Christian Rector and Jack Webster also prepped at Loyola.
PERSONAL: He is a real estate development major at USC.”
As you saw from the above tweet, Brown was very skilled as this video shows from a USC Trojans Facebook post in December 2016.
The Trojans described the video as “USC’s multi-talented OL Chris Brown wishes the #TrojanFamily a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!”
Beyond football and music, which his impact was evident, the impact he had off-the-field was just as evident as his teammates learned a lot from him, respected him, enjoyed spending time with him, and are now reflecting and remembering the wonderful, fun memories they shared with the man of “character” who was “friendly…a great young man…the most fun and genuine person to be around…the most talented person…his energy was unmatched…an amazing teammate with a heart of gold”.
USA Today Sports Trojans Wire’s Matt Zemek compiled tweets which include those adjectives of Brown listed above where people share their remembrance of their teammate, their friend, their brother:
Prayers up to the Brown family, the Trojan family, and all the loved ones of Chris. May God be with them, comforting and consoling them giving them peace that surpasses understanding, especially when words can’t do justice in a tragic situation like this.
Charlie Lapastora is a sports/news multimedia journalist who’s reported, written, produced, anchored, shot video/edited on different NBC, ABC, and FOX shows in multiple TV markets, along with digital & new media companies. Charlie has traveled the country telling national sports, news, feature, and original stories on a cable news network, airing on top 10 TV markets, satellite radio, and digital platforms. He is passionate about his faith, family—being a husband to whom he calls the G.O.A.T. of women—about reppin’ his home state of Michigan and Detroit teams (yes, including the Lions), good coffee, and loves how sports brings people together. He’s traveled the world leading and coaching sports camps and has also worked at the Detroit Pistons and LA Clippers’ NBA teams.
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