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Tommy Brasher
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A veteran defensive line coach with 28 years of NFL experience, Tommy Brasher enters his fourth season with the Chiefs and his first season working on special projects for the club..

Under Brasher’s guidance as defensive line coach, NT Dontari Poe has been selected to two Pro Bowls (2013, 2014) after recording 4.5 sacks in 2013 and 6.0 in 2014. Brasher is also responsible for the development of DL Allen Bailey, who recorded a career-high 5.0 sacks in 2014.

Brasher helped the 2015 defensive line amass 14.0 sacks on the season in addition to DL Jaye Howard setting career-highs in tackles (57) and sacks (5.5).

Brasher served as defensive line coach on the Philadelphia Eagles staff in 1985 and from 1999-2005 under Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid when he held the same position in Philadelphia. It was during his longest stint in Philadelphia that Brasher became a beacon of toughness and courage. Throughout most of 2001, he battled a bout with cancer. After being diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in his parotid gland on Oct. 16, Brasher underwent a six-hour surgery to have it removed. Three weeks later, he underwent another prodecure to have 67 lymph nodes removed from his neck and shoulder. He missed just five days of work and not one snap of football.

His battle with cancer earned him the Ed Block Courage Award in 2001. Although this award is given annually to one player from each NFL team, Brasher became just the third special, non-player recipient of this prestigious honor.

Under Brasher’s guidance, the defensive line was an area of strength for the Eagles during his second stint in Philadelphia. In 2004, that position group contributed 32.0 of the club’s 47.0 sacks (second in the NFL). Both Corey Simon and Hugh Douglas became Pro Bowl players under Brasher.

Brasher served in the same capacity with the Eagles in 1985 as a member of then-head coach Marion Campbell’s staff. In his one season with the Eagles, two of his defensive ends eached tallied 13.0 sacks — Greg Brown, and a rookie by the name of Reggie White.

Brasher enjoyed a seven-year run as Seattle’s defensive line coach (1992-98), seeing two of his players ­- Cortez Kennedy and Michael Sinclair - earn multiple Pro Bowl appearances. Kennedy was also named defensive player of the year in 1992. Brasher held identical posts at New England (1982-84), Atlanta (1986-89) and Tampa Bay (1990).

An all-conference selection as a linebacker at Arkansas from 1962-63, Brasher was a college teammate of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and former NFL head coach Jimmy Johnson.

After beginning his coaching career with a six-year tour of the high school ranks, Brasher’s alma mater provided him with his first collegiate coaching assignment when he was named Arkansas’ defensive assistant in 1970. He also had stops at Virginia Tech, Northeast Louisiana and Southern Methodist Univeristy, with a one-year stay as the defensive coordinator of the World Football League’s Shreveport Steamer in 1975.

Brasher attended El Dorado High School in his hometown of El Dorado, Ark., also the hometown of Chiefs Founder Lamar Hunt.

Education: Arkansas (B.A. 1964). Born: El Dorado, Ark. Family: Wife - LaNelle; Children - Melodie and Christy; Grandsons - Nicholas, Brennen, Quintin and Zane.

A veteran defensive line coach with 28 years of NFL experience, Tommy Brasher enters his fourth season with the Chiefs and his first season working on special projects for the club..

Under Brasher’s guidance as defensive line coach, NT Dontari Poe has been selected to two Pro Bowls (2013, 2014) after recording 4.5 sacks in 2013 and 6.0 in 2014. Brasher is also responsible for the development of DL Allen Bailey, who recorded a career-high 5.0 sacks in 2014.

Brasher helped the 2015 defensive line amass 14.0 sacks on the season in addition to DL Jaye Howard setting career-highs in tackles (57) and sacks (5.5).

Brasher served as defensive line coach on the Philadelphia Eagles staff in 1985 and from 1999-2005 under Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid when he held the same position in Philadelphia. It was during his longest stint in Philadelphia that Brasher became a beacon of toughness and courage. Throughout most of 2001, he battled a bout with cancer. After being diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in his parotid gland on Oct. 16, Brasher underwent a six-hour surgery to have it removed. Three weeks later, he underwent another prodecure to have 67 lymph nodes removed from his neck and shoulder. He missed just five days of work and not one snap of football.

His battle with cancer earned him the Ed Block Courage Award in 2001. Although this award is given annually to one player from each NFL team, Brasher became just the third special, non-player recipient of this prestigious honor.

Under Brasher’s guidance, the defensive line was an area of strength for the Eagles during his second stint in Philadelphia. In 2004, that position group contributed 32.0 of the club’s 47.0 sacks (second in the NFL). Both Corey Simon and Hugh Douglas became Pro Bowl players under Brasher.

Brasher served in the same capacity with the Eagles in 1985 as a member of then-head coach Marion Campbell’s staff. In his one season with the Eagles, two of his defensive ends eached tallied 13.0 sacks — Greg Brown, and a rookie by the name of Reggie White.

Brasher enjoyed a seven-year run as Seattle’s defensive line coach (1992-98), seeing two of his players ­- Cortez Kennedy and Michael Sinclair - earn multiple Pro Bowl appearances. Kennedy was also named defensive player of the year in 1992. Brasher held identical posts at New England (1982-84), Atlanta (1986-89) and Tampa Bay (1990).

An all-conference selection as a linebacker at Arkansas from 1962-63, Brasher was a college teammate of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and former NFL head coach Jimmy Johnson.

After beginning his coaching career with a six-year tour of the high school ranks, Brasher’s alma mater provided him with his first collegiate coaching assignment when he was named Arkansas’ defensive assistant in 1970. He also had stops at Virginia Tech, Northeast Louisiana and Southern Methodist Univeristy, with a one-year stay as the defensive coordinator of the World Football League’s Shreveport Steamer in 1975.

Brasher attended El Dorado High School in his hometown of El Dorado, Ark., also the hometown of Chiefs Founder Lamar Hunt.

Education: Arkansas (B.A. 1964). Born: El Dorado, Ark. Family: Wife - LaNelle; Children - Melodie and Christy; Grandsons - Nicholas, Brennen, Quintin and Zane.