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5 Philly athletes who faced untimely deaths

November 14, 2017 GMT

By Staff

As fans, family and friends take part in a celebration of Roy Halladay’s life Tuesday at the Phillies’ spring training complex in Clearwater, Fla., a week after the former pitcher died in a plane crash, we take a look back on the lives of five other Philadelphia athletes who also died young.Jerome Brown

- Born: 1965 - Died: 1992 (age 27)

File Photo During the 1988 season, Reggie White and teammates Jerome Brown (99) and Todd Bell (52) shared a laugh at practice with head coach Buddy Ryan.

Jerome Brown was the Philadelphia Eagles’ star defensive tackle in the early 1990s, the anchor of a defensive line still remembered for its ferocity and depth. The Eagles drafted Brown with their No. 1 pick — ninth overall — in the 1987 draft. He played six pro seasons, earning Pro Bowl berths in 1990 and in 1992.

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