Michael Brooks (defensive back)

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Michael Brooks
No. 32, 44
Position: Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1967-03-12) March 12, 1967 (age 50)
Place of birth: Greensboro, North Carolina
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school: Greensboro (NC) Page
College: North Carolina State
Undrafted: 1989
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Michael Antonio Brooks (born March 12, 1967 in Greensboro, North Carolina) is a former American football safety in the National Football League for the San Diego Chargers and the Dallas Cowboys. He also played in the Canadian Football League for the Baltimore CFLers and the Memphis Mad Dogs. He played college football at North Carolina State University.

Early years[edit]

Brooks attended Walter Hines Page High School, where he was an All-State linebacker and running back. He was a teammate of future NFL player Haywood Jeffires and helped his team win three straight state championships.

He accepted a scholarship from North Carolina State University, where he became a three-year starter at free safety.[1] As a junior, he registered 105 tackles (led the team) and at the time tied for second best in school history with 14 passes defensed.[2] In his last year, he posted 82 tackles (second on the team), 2 interceptions and 7 passes defensed.[3]

In the 1988 Peach Bowl, he received defensive MVP honors after making a bowl record 3 interceptions and helping N.C. State win 28-23.[4] He finished his college career with 277 tackles, 8 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and 30 passes defensed (tied for second in school history).

He also was an All-American sprinter, helping the school win three straight ACC outdoor track titles.

Professional career[edit]

San Diego Chargers[edit]

Brooks was signed as an undrafted free agent by the San Diego Chargers after the 1989 NFL Draft.[5] He was waived on September 3 and signed to the practice squad,[6] where he spent the first 14 weeks of the season, before being promoted to the active roster for the last 2 contests. He only played in the season finale against the Denver Broncos.

He was released on September 3, 1990.[7] On September 26, 1990, he was re-signed for depth purposes because of injuries.[8] He was released on October 11.[9]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

On November 7, 1990, he was signed to the Dallas Cowboys practice squad.[10] On December 10, he was promoted to active roster to play in the last 3 games, posting 2 special teams tackles.[11] On August 20, 1991, he was placed on the injured reserve list after tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament.[12]

Denver Broncos[edit]

In 1993, he was signed as a free agent by the Denver Broncos. He was cut on August 24.[13]

Baltimore Baltimore CFLers (CFL)[edit]

On May 21, 1994, he signed with the Baltimore CFLers of the Canadian Football League.[14] He was a part of the franchise's inaugural season, while helping his team reach the Grey Cup (first American-based CFL team to achieve this goal) and receiving Eastern All-Star honors. He was released in June 1995.[15]

Memphis Mad Dogs (CFL)[edit]

On July 31, 1995, he signed with the Memphis Mad Dogs of the Canadian Football League.[16][17] He originally was placed on the practice roster, but later played in three regular season games. His main role was on the special teams, where he made seven tackles. On September 16, he was released after refusing to accept a new contract with a reduced salary.[18]

Personal life[edit]

After football, he worked for American Express.


  1. ^ "Despite losses to graduation, 'Pack rated 2nd". Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Quarterback One Of Many Question Marks For Sheridan". Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  3. ^ "N.C. State's Brooks Set For Iowa". Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Peachy For N.C. State, The Pits For Iowa". Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Chargers Sign Seven Free Agents, Including New Quarterback's Favorite Receiver". Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Glenn to Miss Houston Game". Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Broncos waive pair". Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Colts add Nieberlein to home team". Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Unlike '94, defensive backfield in state of flux". Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Signing bolsters secondary". Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  18. ^ "In San Antonio, eyes of Texans are upon Southern Division title". Retrieved February 5, 2016. 

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