A Jacksonville, Fla., NFL player has become the latest NFL player to mourn the death of a friend he was close with.
In a Facebook post on Wednesday, linebacker Derrick Brooks wrote that he had recently been told of the passing of his brother, who played for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 1991 to 1993.
“As you can imagine, it’s hard for me and my family to know the specifics of what happened today,” Brooks wrote.
“I can only hope you are doing well in your future.
My prayers are with you.”
Brooks’ brother, Derrick Brooks, died Sunday after a long battle with cancer, the Jaguars announced in a statement on Wednesday.
Derrick Brooks was a starting defensive back for the Jaguars during their 1990 season, when he was the first African-American player to play in the NFL.
He played in 11 games, recording six tackles.
He also played in seven games in 1991, when the team was still playing in the National Football League.
The Jaguars had their first black player in 1994.