Ross Browner, a former defensive end with the Cincinnati Bengals, has died. Browner, who died after battling COVID-19, was a nine-year veteran of the Cincinnati Bengals and helped the team win the Super Bowl in 1981. He was 67 years old.
Browner spent nine years with the Bengals before leaving in 1986 and went on to play for the Green Bay Packers in 1987 before retiring. Browner’s death was confirmed by his son, former NFL offensive lineman Max Starks. He announced the news on Twitter on Wednesday.
“It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of my Father, Ross Browner. The world has lost a Titan, @CFBHOF [College Football Hall of Fame] member, @Bengals Legend, but he was most proud of being an @NDFootball [Notre Dame Football] alumnus. Our hearts are heavy but he is at peace now.”
Starks subsequently said on Instagram in a later message that he’s sure the opponents or teammates would think otherwise, but he was a gentle, thoughtful, caring, supportive, and warm-hearted man. He continued saying that words can’t explain the loss of his father.
“I know you’re at peace, Pops, and we’ll get over the sadness and go on.”
Starks did not specify Browner’s cause of death. Browner’s death was also confirmed by the Bengals’ official website on Tuesday. Browner had been battling COVID-19, according to former Bengals cornerback Louis Breeden, who told Bengals.com reporter Geoff Hobson.
Breeden stated his former teammate died of COVID-19 problems after being unwell with the virus for a month prior to his death. Rest in peace.
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