He was instrumental in the rapid development of Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, who in 2004 earned All-Pro honors and a Pro Bowl selection after playing only his second year of football since high school. Gates, who played basketball only in college, set an NFL single-season touchdown record (13) for tight ends in 2004 while ranking third in receiving yards (964) and fourth in receptions (81) among NFL tight ends. Brewster's tight ends blocked for a Chargers rushing game that gained more than 2,100 yards in each of his three seasons with the team.
Before beginning his NFL coaching career in 2002, Brewster coached tight ends at the University of Texas (1998-01) and the University of North Carolina (1989-97), where he also served as the Tar Heels' special teams coach and recruiting coordinator. Pivotal in the growth of future NFL starting tight ends Freddie Jones (Cardinals) and Alge Crumpler (Falcons) as a college assistant, Brewster coached tight ends who blocked for a 1,000-yard rusher in nine different seasons. His tight ends at Texas in 1998 helped clear the way for Ricky Williams' 2,124-yard Heisman Trophy-winning season.
A two-time All-Big Ten selection at the University of Illinois who led the nation's tight ends in receptions in 1983, Brewster graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science. He went to training camp with the New York Giants (1984) and Philadelphia Eagles (1985) before beginning his coaching career as a graduate assistant (tight ends / offensive tackles) at Purdue University in 1986. Brewster was Central Catholic High School's (Lafayette, Ind.) head coach from 1987-88.
Born Oct. 13, 1960, in Phillipsburg, N.J., Brewster and his wife, Cathleen, have three sons: Eric, Clint and Nolan.
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