Name Michael Brooks
College North Carolina State
CFL status International
|Date of birth (1967-03-12) March 12, 1967 (age 48)|
Place of birth Greensboro, North Carolina
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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.
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- Early years
- San Diego Chargers
- Dallas Cowboys
- Denver Broncos
- Baltimore Baltimore CFLers CFL
- Memphis Mad Dogs CFL
- Personal life
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. 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. In his last year, he posted 82 tackles (second on the team), 2 interceptions and 7 passes defensed.
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. 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.
San Diego Chargers
Brooks was signed as an undrafted free agent by the San Diego Chargers after the 1989 NFL Draft. He was waived on September 3 and signed to the practice squad, 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. On September 26, 1990, he was re-signed for depth purposes because of injuries. He was released on October 11.
On November 7, 1990, he was signed to the Dallas Cowboys practice squad. On December 10, he was promoted to active roster to play in the last 3 games, posting 2 special teams tackles. On August 20, 1991, he was placed on the injured reserve list after tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament.
In 1993, he was signed as a free agent by the Denver Broncos. He was cut on August 24.
Baltimore Baltimore CFLers (CFL)
On May 21, 1994, he signed with the Baltimore CFLers of the Canadian Football League. 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.
Memphis Mad Dogs (CFL)
On July 31, 1995, he signed with the Memphis Mad Dogs of the Canadian Football League. 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.
After football, he worked for American Express.