Reggie Brooks

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Reggie Brooks
No. 40, 41
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1971-01-19) January 19, 1971 (age 48)
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Height:5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight:211 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school:Tulsa (OK) Washington
College:Notre Dame
NFL Draft:1993 / Round: 2 / Pick: 45
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:1,726
Player stats at

Reginald Arthur Brooks (born January 19, 1971) is a former American football running back in the National Football League. He attended Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

He is the uncle to Minnesota Vikings Linebacker Anthony Barr.



Brooks, following his older brother Tony, enrolled at the University of Notre Dame in 1989. Originally a defensive back, he converted to tailback for the 1991 season and won a spot in the starting lineup for 1992. During his senior season at Notre Dame, Brooks enjoyed massive success, rushing for 1,372 yards with an 8.0 yards per carry average while scoring 13 touchdowns. He was named an All-American and finished fifth in Heisman Trophy voting that year.

  • 1991: 18 carries for 122 yards and 2 touchdowns. 1 catch for 4 yards.
  • 1992: 167 carries for 1,343 yards and 13 touchdowns. 1 catch for 24 yards and 1 touchdown.


He was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the second round of the 1993 NFL Draft. Brooks had a great rookie season with 1,063 rushing yards with a 4.8 average. The rest of his career didn't pan out and he was out of football by the end of the 1996 NFL season. He spent three years with the Redskins and one with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Post-football career[edit]

Brooks is employed by Notre Dame as its Director of Student-Athlete Alumni Relations/Engagement. He is also a fixture on Notre Dame's football post-game show and other productions of Fighting Irish Digital Media.[1] He is married and has five children.

Notable performances[edit]

The Unconscious Touchdown[edit]

He is well known for a 20-yard touchdown run against rival University of Michigan in 1992. After catching a pitched ball on an option-right, Brooks broke six Wolverines tackles, the last of which knocked him unconscious before stumbling across the goal-line and collapsing face-first in the end zone.[2]

The Snow Bowl[edit]

The Fighting Irish went up against Penn State in the final home game of 1992. A heavy snowfall throughout the first half made for a highly defensive struggle between the two perennial powerhouse programs. Trailing 16–9 with 4:25 left in the fourth quarter, senior quarterback Rick Mirer led the Irish on a 64-yard scoring drive, throwing to fullback Jerome Bettis on fourth down for a 3-yard score. Down by one point, Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz opted to go for two points and the win. Mirer dropped back to pass and was forced out of the pocket by the Penn State defense. Brooks, who had lined up as a slot receiver, worked across the field as the two primary receivers on the play were covered. Despite the fact that Brooks only had one reception all season, Mirer lofted the ball towards him in the back corner of the end zone. Brooks made a diving catch and the Irish prevailed 17–16.[3]

He was the winner of the 1995 and 1996 Madden Bowl.


Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ernest Byner
Washington Redskins' Starting Running Back
Succeeded by
Ricky Ervins