Monday, June 25, 2012

Where Are They Now? Reggie Brooks

Reggie Brooks at Notre Dame in 1992
Reggie Brooks burst onto the scene at Notre Dame, switching from defensive back to running back in 1992 with great success. He once scored a touchdown while unconscious after fighting his way through six Michigan tacklers, a play that took its rightful place in Fighting Irish lore. Brooks then found more immediate success in the NFL in 1993 as a rookie running back for the Washington Redskins, racking up 1,063 yards in his first pro season.

Brooks was born in Tulsa, Okla., on Jan. 19, 1971. He played football at Booker T. Washington High School, and was originally set on staying local and playing football for Oklahoma or Oklahoma State. Instead, he followed in older brother Tony’s footsteps and played football for Notre Dame. He currently resides in South Bend, Ind., with his wife and five children ages 21, 17, 14, 8 and 1.

Q: Why did you decide on accepting a football scholarship from Notre Dame?

A: “I was very interested in playing for either Oklahoma or Oklahoma State, but by the time I got to be a senior in high school both of their programs were on probation. There were three other schools on my short list, USC, Miami and Notre Dame, but several factors caused me to lean towards Notre Dame. The biggest was the fact that Notre Dame had just won the national title. Also, the fact that my brother was already at Notre Dame and I had been there several times to visit him and had gotten to know his teammates. That really pulled me in.” ... Read more at NoCoastBias


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