The Patriots released a statement from coach Bill Belichick today on the passing of former player Orlando “Zeus” Brown, who was signed by Belichick and played three years for him with the Cleveland Browns.
“I am extremely shocked and saddened to hear the news about Orlando Brown. Orlando improved as a player as much as anyone I have ever seen, as he went from being a defensive lineman at South Carolina State to becoming one of the game’s top offensive tackles, when he sustained his unfortunate eye injury. Orlando was a true throwback player who loved football and was as tough as they come. Without question, Orlando was an integral part of the Browns turnaround during the mid ’90s and he will be missed. I offer my deepest condolences to the Brown family.”