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



Brooks, following his older brother Tony, attended the University of Notre Damemarker 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 finish fifth in Heisman Trophy voting that year.


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.

Notable Performances

The Unconscious Touchdown

He is well known for a 20-yard touchdown run against rival University of Michiganmarker 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 goalline and collapsing face-first in the endzone.

The Snow Bowl

The Fighting Irish went up against Penn State Universitymarker 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 an 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 endzone. Brooks made a diving catch and the Irish prevailed 17-16.

He was the winner of the 1996 Madden Bowl.



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