Chris Brown, a standout offensive lineman for the University of Southern California before moving on to the NFL and XFL, died at the age of 24. Read on for messages of condolence from Sam Darnold and others.
Unfortunately, a longtime star for the USC football team has passed away.
Chris Brown, a 24-year-old offensive lineman, died on Monday, April 19, according to the USC Athletic Department’s official Twitter account. The cause of death for the player, who began attending the school in 2014 and played for the team in the 2017 and 2018 seasons, has not been revealed.
The tweet read, “#FightOnForever, Chris Brown.” “So inexperienced. You are incredibly gifted. He was taken from us way too soon.”
Just before midnight on Sunday, April 18, USC head coach Clay Helton tweeted a tribute message to Chris.
“Heartbroken to learn that Chris Brown passed away today,” Clay wrote. “The whole Brown family is in our thoughts and prayers. Chris meant a lot to a lot of people. Outstanding person, player, teammate, and Trojan. My dear, may God bless you. We will always remember you.”
Chris was an honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection his junior year but went undrafted by the NFL during his time at USC. The San Diego Chargers later signed him before he joined the XFL’s DC Defenders for the 2020 season. During the league’s shortened run, he appeared in all five of the Defenders’ games.
On April 19, the XFL’s official Twitter account wrote, “The XFL is saddened to hear of the passing of Chris Brown, a member of the @XFLDefenders during the 2020 season.” “Our minds are with the Brown family as a whole.”
Sam Darnold, the quarterback of the Carolina Panthers in the NFL, shared two pictures to his Instagram Story of himself hanging out with Chris. Darnold was the No. 3 selection in the 2018 draught after starring at USC.
“I really can’t believe this…rest easy brotha,” Sam wrote, adding a heart emoji to his message. “Greatest dude EVER,” he said.
Chris’ death comes less than a year after his former USC teammate Max Tuerk died in June 2020 at the age of 26 from an enlarged heart.