Remembering J.B.

July 05, 1992

The Philadelphia Eagles were planning to wear a patch on their uniforms this year honoring their 60th anniversary season. Now, they'll wear a patch "J.B., 99" in honor of Jerome Brown, who died a week ago in an auto accident.

Though Brown was loved by his teammates and friends, they couldn't curb his appetite for fast driving. At the funeral, former University of Miami teammate Alonzo Highsmith told an anecdote and -- probably inadvertently -- referred to Brown's driving habits: "He just piled us all in the back of a van, and we took off. You all know how Jerome drove."

John Davis, the manager of the auto body shop that Brown left just before he was killed, told a Florida reporter: "As good a friend as he was, I would never ride in a car he was driving. I never told him that, but I didn't have to. He knew."

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