Kevin Brooks (American football)

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Kevin Brooks
No. 99, 97
Defensive tackle / Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1963-02-09) February 9, 1963 (age 51)
Place of birth: Detroit, Michigan
Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) Weight: 277 lb (126 kg)
Career information
High school: Mackenzie High School
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 1985 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17
Debuted in 1985
Last played in 1990
Career history
*Inactive and/or offseason member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played 69
Sacks 15.5
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Kevin Craig Brooks (born February 9, 1963) is a former professional American football defensive end in the National Football League. He was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1st round (17th overall) of the 1985 NFL Draft. He also played for the Detroit Lions.

Early years[edit]

Brooks attended Detroit's Mackenzie High School where he played as a defensive lineman, before graduating in 1981. He accepted a scholarship to the University of Michigan, where as a freshman he was tried at outside linebacker.

As a sophomore he was moved to defensive tackle and started 7 games. He received All-Big Ten honors as a junior and senior. In 1984 at 6'6", 273 lbs, he led the team with 6 sacks and 13 tackles for loss, while cementing his place as one of the biggest and best defensive linemen in school history.

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

In the 1985 NFL Draft the Dallas Cowboys were targeting Jerry Rice with their first round selection,[1] but drafted Brooks after Rice was taken by the San Francisco 49ers.

Brooks had a disappointing rookie season as a defensive end. In 1986 he was competing with John Dutton for the left defensive tackle position, but suffered a dislocated knee cap in training camp, that limited him to 9 regular season games.

In 1987 he was named the starter at left defensive tackle and led the team's defensive linemen with 67 tackles, while adding 3 sacks. In 1988 he registered 71 tackles and five sacks.

In 1989 he clashed with new head coach Jimmy Johnson,[2] before being traded along with a fourth round draft choice to the Denver Broncos, in exchange for a third round draft choice.[3]

Denver Broncos[edit]

Brooks was moved to defensive end and lasted just a few months with the Denver Broncos, being released on September 4, 1989.

Detroit Lions[edit]

On September 11, 1989, he signed with the Detroit Lions and was named the starting right defensive end.[4] He was waived on November 2, 1990,[5] and retired after playing in the NFL six seasons from 1985-1990.

Personal life[edit]

Brooks is still a Texas resident, does public speaking and is also an Athletic Liaison for his own company Brooks Athletics. He is currently the celebrity spokesperson for Alexander Center for Obesity Surgery. He is married to Tiffany Brooks and they have two children together. His father was former NFL player Theodore Wheeler.

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