NCCU Football Program Mourns Passing of Recent Teammate Ty Brown
DURHAM, N.C. -- The North Carolina Central University family suffered a tragic loss on Thursday, as NCCU football alum Ty Brown passed away at the age of 24.
Born on June 30, 1992, in Charlotte, North Carolina, Brown joined the NCCU family in the fall of 2010 out of Newton-Conover High School and went on to play four seasons (2011-14) as a standout defensive performer. During that time he played in 43 games, including 36 as a starter at linebacker of defensive end. He amassed 183 career tackles, collected 32.0 tackles for a loss with 13.5 sacks, and tallied 10 pass break-ups and five forced fumbles.
As a senior in 2014, he earned All-MEAC Second Team honors after tying for sixth in the conference with 15.0 tackles for a loss and 7.5 sacks, both team-highs. He finished his college career with a dominating performance against nationally-ranked rival North Carolina A&T on Nov. 22, 2014, collecting six solo tackles, including four stops behind the line of scrimmage with three sacks and a forced fumble to help the Eagles win their first conference championship as a Division I program. Brown’s excellence in that contest earned him the BOXTOROW National Player of the Week award.
"Ty was a great man, teammate, and Eagle,” said NCCU head coach Jerry Mack. “He was one of our leaders from the 2014 championship season. I will always remember Ty Brown as the ultimate teammate that would do anything for his brothers. My heart is heavy; he will truly be missed."
In a social media post by Brown on his Facebook page just three days before his death, Brown shared his excitement about passing the state final for the basic law enforcement academy and was set to graduate on Dec. 20.
Ty Brown on Facebook (Dec. 12, 2016 – 11:55 a.m.)
“Words can't explain this feeling. All praise goes to the man up above. I got the call this morning that I passed my state final for the basic law enforcement academy. It was a long 4 months but I'm glad that I got to meet and now graduate with the best 16 people to come out of Sanford’s CCCC BLET Academy! … GRADUATION IS DECEMBER 20!! … Going to be the best officer I can be.”