Former Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Orlando “Zeus” Brown was found dead Sept. 23 at the age of 40, according to Baltimore CBS affiliate WBAL. The cause of his death has not been determined.
According to WBAL, Baltimore police has confirmed that Brown’s body was discovered at his home at HarborView in downtown Baltimore.
A native of Washington, D.C., Brown was drafted into the NFL by the Cleveland Browns in 1993. He played three seasons for the Browns until the team was moved to Baltimore to become the Ravens in 1996. He went back to rejoin the Browns when they returned as an expansion team in 1999, but later re-signed with the Ravens in 2003.
Brown was released by the Ravens in 2006 after he suffered back injuries from a car accident. He started 119 career games over a 13-year span.
Brown is also famous for pushing down NFL referee Jeff Triplette after the official accidentally hit him in the eye with a penalty flag during a game in 1999.
Brown was suspended for his action, but the NFL later lifted the suspension after further examining the situation.
Ravens Pro Bowl linebacker Terrell Suggs wrote kind words about Brown on Twitter after hearing about his death.
“He was a beast on the field and a great friend off it,” Suggs stated. “It’s a shame he had to leave us so young.”