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I received word this morning from 1986-89 Notre Dame defensive lineman Bryan Flannery that Dean "Big Happy" Brown, the starting right tackle on the 1988-89 Notre Dame teams that won a school record 23 straight games, passed away suddenly. He was the Louis Nix of his day, even though he played offense: He looked mean as hell — ESPN even used him to growl at the camera in one promo — but just a beautiful, effusive figure and always a great quote who uplifted his teammates and the campus community, hence his nickname.
He recently moved back to Ohio to run a charter school after serving as a true "Dean" in Washington D.C. One of his daughters played basketball with the daughters of fellow Ohio natives Flannery and Frank Stams.
Remember him in your prayers. Here's a link to a story I did on him in 2005:
Check out this story. This is unbelievable. I used to consider jello man an icon. Not after this. June 13, 2005 Where have you gone�Dean Brown Lou Somogyi BlueandGold.com Associate Editor http://vmedia.rivals.com/images/emailstory.gif http://vmedia.rivals.com/images/printstory.gif May 20, 1990 was supposed to be Dean Brown's day to celebrate his life as an overachiever. Instead, Brown's graduation day at Notre Dame saw him get berated as an underachiever by famed
Wow what a story and what an ass Cosby was to the man. Prayers for Dean today, May God rest his soul.
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Sad. Great player and character. God bless his family and friends.
Condolences. Dean was an important part of those great teams. May he rest in peace.
sad news, i remember him well. My thoughts and prayers go out.
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Lou - not to be macabre, but is Brown the 4th player to pass from our last NC team?
Culver, Alm, and Jones?
This post was edited by Tlud on 11/30/2012 at 2:12 PM
To my knowledge, yes. But you might also remember Bob Satterfield, who passed away on the night the team returned home from the White House ceremony while being honored by President Ronald Reagan in January 1989.
Jeff Alm died in December 1993. Rodney Culver in the ValuJet plane crash in May 1996, and Andre Jones in the summer of 2011.
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