Chris Brown, Former USC Star Football Player, Dead at 24

by Quentin Blount

Chris Brown, a former offensive lineman for the USC Trojans, passed away recently at the age of 24 years old.

The head coach of the USC football team, Clay Helton, broke the news on social media on Sunday afternoon.

“Heartbroken to hear the news that we lost Chris Brown today,” Helton posted on Twitter. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Brown family. Chris meant so much to so many. Great person, player, teammate, and Trojan. God bless my friend. You are forever in our hearts.”

A cause of death has not yet been made available to the public.

Chris Brown Career at University of Southern California

Chris Brown was a Los Angeles native and a graduate of Loyola High School. He committed to USC in December of 2013 and first arrived on the campus at Southern California in 2014.

Meanwhile, Brown went on to start his final two seasons for the Trojans in 2017 and 2018 and was an All-Pac-12 honorable mention following his junior year. He played on two of the most successful teams of Clay Helton’s coaching tenure, including playing with NFL quarterback Sam Darnold as his quarterback in 2016 and 2017.

And although he was not drafted in the 2019 NFL draft, he did sign as an undrafted free agent with his hometown team, the Los Angeles Chargers. When things didn’t quite work out with the Chargers, Brown signed with the DC Defenders in the XFL and played five games for them.

Brown was also known as an accomplished musician.

It has been a tough go for the USC football program as of late. The death of Chris Brown comes less than a year after former Trojan center, Max Tuerk died at 26-years-old from an enlarged heart. Now, the USC community and its football program will be mourning the loss of another former lineman.