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Joe Brodsky, Former Dallas Cowboys Coach, Dies

Former Dallas Cowboys running backs coach Joe Brodsky has died.

Joe Brodsky Photo When Emmitt Smith thanked those who helped make him the NFL’s all-time leading rusher at his retirement announcement, his running backs coach for eight seasons, Joe Brodsky, was near the top of the list.

Brodsky died Thursday after a battle with prostate cancer at his Miami Lakes home. He was 71.

“Joe was a big contributor to the success we enjoyed in the 1990s,” owner and general manager Jerry Jones said. “As his primary responsibility was the nurturing and development of the NFL’s all-timer leading rusher, he was an obvious success in that endeavor. But he also touched and influenced the lives and careers of hundreds of success stories in the high school, college and pro football levels. We grieve for his family and their loss, and we appreciate his contributions to the history of the Dallas Cowboys.”

Brodsky left the University of Miami with Jimmy Johnson and helped the Cowboys win three Super Bowls. He helped Smith and fullback Daryl Johnston earn Pro Bowl honors.

Brodsky is survived by his wife of 49 years, Joyce, three sons and three grandchildren.

A shame. I had no idea that he was ill–or that he was quite so old.


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As a former player for Coach Brodsky at Miami Jackson High School in 67-68, I would like to extend my deepest sympathy and respects to his family. I learned more life lessons from Coach Brodsky than any teacher or book and feel very fortunate to have my life touched by this exceptional man. His gauge of a football player was not size or speed. It was heart. Few of us will ever match Coach Joe’s.

Posted by Raul Ramos, Miami Jackson Class of 1968 | June 2, 2006 | 09:48 am | Permalink

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