In 2001, Orlando Brown announced that he was filing a lawsuit over his eye inujury. (JEFF ZELEVANSKY / AP)

Brown, who attended H.D. Woodson High School, was found dead in his Inner Harbor condominium in Baltimore. He was 40. Fire Department Battalion Chief Kevin Cartwright told the Associated Press that firefighters were called about 11 a.m. because Brown was unresponsive.Anthony Guglielmi, a police spokesman, told the AP that there were no signs of trauma or suspicious activity.

“He was a beast on the field but a gentle giant off,” Terrell Suggs, a teammate from 2003-2005, said of Brown, who was known as “Zeus.” “It’s unfortunate he had to leave us so young.”

Brown is best remembered for a 1999 incident in which, while playing for the Browns, he was struck in the eye by a weighted flag thrown by an official during a game. Although Jeff Triplette, the official, immediately apologized, Brown shoved him, knocking him down. He was immediately ejected and later suspended by the NFL. The suspension was rescinded when the severity of the injury became clear. Brown missed three seasons recovering from the injury and reportedly reached a settlement agreement with the league. He retired from the NFL after a 13-year career in 2005.

“He was the original Raven,” Ray Lewis said. “He set the tone for how we were going to play tough and physical, backing down from no opponent.”

“We send our condolences to the family of Orlando Brown,” Ravens Coach John Harbaugh said in a statement released by the team.. “Everybody knew what he meant to this organization. We’re forever grateful for what he did for the present team. We can’t express enough sorrow for his loss.”