Reed with the Atlanta Falcons in 2015
|No. 50 Atlanta Falcons|
|Date of birth:||February 28, 1987|
|Place of birth:||Tucson, Arizona|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||254 lb (115 kg)|
|High school:||Tucson (AZ) Sabino|
|NFL Draft:||2011 / Round: 2 / Pick: 42|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2016|
Brooks Reed (born February 28, 1987) is an American football defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Arizona and was drafted by the Houston Texans in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
Reed was born in Tucson, Arizona. He attended Sabino High School in Tucson, where he was a running back and defensive lineman for the Sabino Sabercats high school football team. He rushed for 350 yards with seven touchdowns as a junior, earning first-team All-league and honorable mention All-state. As a senior in 2006, he was recognized as a first-team All-state selection and a SuperPrep high school All-American at running back, and received first-team All-state honors as a defensive lineman from the Tucson Citizen after compiling 38 tackles and three sacks. He also starred in track & field, posting bests of 11.75 seconds in the 100 meters and 24.08 seconds in the 200 meters. After his senior year, Brooks was ranked the 9th best Fullback in the country by Yahoo/Rivals Sports.
During his college career at the University of Arizona, Reed was credited with 87 tackles and 15 sacks. In 2010, Reed was named to the Pac-10 All-Conference squad as a member of the first team, and was elected Team Captain by his teammates.
In 2011, Brooks was awarded the "Tom Hansen" medal, given to the best athlete and student in the then Pac-10. 
The Houston Texans selected Reed in the second round (42nd overall pick) in the 2011 NFL Draft. The Texans named him to the starting line-up in the sixth week of his first season, following an injury to starting linebacker Mario Williams. In his first start, Reed recorded six tackles. In his second game as a starter, Brooks recorded his first NFL quarterback sack against the Tennessee Titans on October 23, 2011.
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- Associated Press, "Former Sabino and Arizona standout Brooks Reed drafted by Texans Archived April 4, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.," KVOA News 4 (April 29, 2011). Retrieved October 27, 2011.
- "Juron Criner and Brooks Reed are first team all-conference selections Archived April 4, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.," KVOA News 4 (December 7, 2010). Retrieved October 27, 2011.
- Chris Duncan, "Texans take Arizona LB Reed in second round," The Seattle Times (April 29, 2011). Retrieved October 27, 2011.
- Jeffrey Martin, "Reed knows he has his work cut out filling Mario's spot in Texans' lineup," Houston Chronicle (October 11, 2011). Retrieved October 27, 2011.
- National Football League, Players, Brooks Reed. Retrieved October 27, 2011.
- Ledbetter, D. Orlando. "Report: Falcons expected to sign linebackers Brooks Reed, Justin Durant". AtlantaFalcons.blog.ajc.com. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
- Adams, Jay (March 10, 2015). "Falcons Agree to Terms with Four Players". AtlantaFalcons.com. Retrieved March 11, 2015.