It is with great sadness that The Family of Gerald D. Irons, Sr., announce his peaceful transition from this earth, on April 1, 2021, due to complications of Parkinson's disease. Gerald was born in Gary, Indiana the youngest of seven. He attended the University of Maryland - Eastern Shore. He was drafted to the NFL as a Linebacker for 10 years, 6 years with the Oakland Raiders and 4 years with the Cleveland Browns. During his tenure with the Oakland Raiders, he completed his MBA at The University of Chicago. He was voted Cleveland Browns Team Captain and received several Golden Helmet Awards. Gerald was named an "Oakland Raiders Legend" and is listed among the "100 Greatest Cleveland Browns" of all time. He was named to the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in 2013. Upon retirement he worked 32 years with The Woodlands Development Company, as Vice President of Business Development. He was an Elder and Founding Member of Impact Church of The Woodlands, Texas. The CISD named a school in honor of his twenty-two years of service on the school board. Gerald is the first NFL player to have a school named in his honor. Gerald and his wife, Myrna, share their story in their book "When Preparation Meets Opportunity". He is predeceased by his parents Earmon J. Irons Sr. and Sycbrathia Irons, sister, Eula Mae Irons-Berry, and brother, Lethenius Irons. He is survived by Myrna, his wife of fifty years; sons, Gerald, Jr., Jarrett (Jazelle) and Grant, and grandson, Gerald Irons, III a student at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point; two granddaughters, Bella, and Zoe. He also leaves to mourn his siblings: Earmon J. (Mable) Irons Jr., Syrathia (Milton) Irons-Thaxton, Evie Lee Irons; Aunt, Dorythal Curtis, sister-in-law, Leslie Wise and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Visitation will be Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 4-6 pm at Impact Church of The Woodlands, 5401 Shadowbend Place, The Woodlands, TX 77381. A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date.
Published by Post-Tribune from Apr. 11 to Apr. 14, 2021.