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Joe Brodsky dies at age 71

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  1. AdamJT13

    AdamJT13 Salary Cap Analyst

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    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Joe Brodsky, a running backs coach for the Dallas Cowboys when they won three Super Bowls in the 1990s, has died. He was 71.

    Brodsky died Thursday after a long battle with prostate cancer, his wife, Joyce, said Saturday.

    After playing fullback and linebacker for the University of Florida in the 1950s, Brodsky went on to coach high school, university and professional football teams to championships.

    Brodsky guided Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High School to a Florida state championship in 1975, then joined the University of Miami's coaching staff in 1978. The Hurricanes went on to win two national championships while Brodsky was there, in 1983 and 1987.

    He followed Miami head coach Jimmy Johnson to Dallas in 1989. Brodsky helped develop star running back Emmitt Smith and Pro Bowl fullback Daryl Johnston as the Cowboys won Super Bowls in 1993, '94 and '96.

    He left the Cowboys in 1998 and went to Chicago to coach for the Bears. He stayed one season and then retired.

    Besides his wife of 49 years, Brodsky is survived by three sons and three grandchildren.
  2. Hostile

    Hostile Tacos are a good investment Zone Supporter

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    Wow. Not a good day for football players and coaches.

    R.I.P. Coach.
  3. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    WOW. This has been a bad day.
    RIP Coah Joe. Once a Cowboy family member, always a Cowboy family member.
  4. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    Emmitt's coach...

    RIP Coach Joe...
  5. CrazyCowboy

    CrazyCowboy Well-Known Member

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    Sorry to hear this.......we have to find a cure for cancer.....it is killing way to many folks.
  6. dal0789

    dal0789 New Member

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    Yep and the number of cases per year just keeps growing higher and higher.
  7. DallasEast

    DallasEast Cowboys 24/7/365 Zone Supporter

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    Damn prostate cancer to hell. It took my father too.

    Rest in peace, coach.
  8. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    R.I.P Brodsky.

    One of the good guys.
  9. jcblanco22

    jcblanco22 Active Member

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    RIP Coach Joe, a guy who I believe to have been a legendary assistant in Cowboys history, even if his tenure was fairly recent and only a decade. His role in developing Emmitt, Moose, and some decent backups behind Emmitt was priceless in helping build the success of the 90s.

    A true high school coaching legend down here in South Florida also, and a real class act. I hope Jerry slaps a memorial uniform patch on everyone this season in his honor.
  10. RealCowboyfan

    RealCowboyfan Championship

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    RIP :starspin
  11. Mr Cowboy

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    Former Dallas Cowboys running back coach Brodsky dies in Fla.


    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- Joe Brodsky, a running backs coach for the Dallas Cowboys when they won three Super Bowls in the 1990s, has died. He was 71.

    Brodsky died Thursday after a long battle with prostate cancer, his wife, Joyce, said Saturday.

    After playing fullback and linebacker for the University of Florida in the 1950s, Brodsky went on to coach high school, university and professional football teams to championships.

    Brodsky guided Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High School to a Florida state championship in 1975, then joined the University of Miami's coaching staff in 1978. The Hurricanes went on to win two national championships while Brodsky was there, in 1983 and 1987.

    He followed Miami head coach Jimmy Johnson to Dallas in 1989. Brodsky helped develop star running back Emmitt Smith and Pro Bowl fullback Daryl Johnston as the Cowboys won Super Bowls in 1993, '94 and '96.

    He left the Cowboys in 1998 and went to Chicago to coach for the Bears. He stayed one season and then retired.
  12. Big Country

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    Pancreatic cancer took my dad... Cancer is bad, bad news...

    God Bless the Brodsky family...
  13. 5Stars

    5Stars Here comes the Sun...

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    I guess we just don't have enough money to fund more cancer research...I mean, we have to send spacecraft to Mars...and fight wars!

    R.I.P

    He was a good coach, that's for sure...

    :star:
  14. Chief

    Chief "Friggin Joke Monkey"

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    One of my co-workers died this weekend of bone cancer. He was 38. He was a single father who left two children, ages 9 and 12.

    Tough weekend all around.
  15. Hostile

    Hostile Tacos are a good investment Zone Supporter

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    Yikes. What will happen to these kids? I ask because that's about the ages of my 2 daughters.
  16. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    We have spent 100's of BILLIONS of dollars since the 1960's= might even be near a trillion by now- in research; not just in the US but all over the world.
    If just MONEY could solve problems, cancer would have been beaten years ago.
  17. 5Stars

    5Stars Here comes the Sun...

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    Unfortunetly, I think you are right...it's a nasty disease, in many forms! :(
  18. diehard2294

    diehard2294 America's Team

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    shame ,I really liked him back in the day, RIP
  19. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    Don't like hearing stuff like this...
  20. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    Probably one of the most uneducated posts I've read in a while. Do you know how much money has been dumped into cancer research? Maybe we should stop exploring and defending ourselves so we can "hopefully" find a cure for everything else.

    I know, I know.... Wrong forum. :bang2:

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