Brandon Brooks announced his NFL retirement on Wednesday morning.
According to Field Yates, when the Eagles restructured Brooks’ deal prior to the announcement, they removed “all bonus forfeiture language.” What happens is that when a player retires, a team can go after bonus money that the player remains eligible for. Instead, the Eagles just decided to waive that as a good faith gesture, similar to how they got Steven Nelson his bonus money at the end of the season when all of the starters sat for the meaningless Dallas game.
That said, let’s take a look back at some Brandon Brooks Philadelphia memories.
Super Bowl champion
Brooks was the starting right guard when the Eagles won it all in 2018.
In the Super Bowl, the Birds put up 538 yards of offense and scored 41 points. The offensive line as a collective unit allowed zero sacks, five QB hits, five tackles for loss, and helped the running game average 6.1 yards per carry.
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Three Pro Bowls
Brooks was named to the Pro Bowl in 2017, 2018, and 2019. No Eagles guard has more than three Pro Bowl appearances, and the only players to go to more Pro Bowls over the past 10 seasons are Fletcher Cox, Jason Peters, and Jason Kelce. Brooks wasn’t here for very long, but really did establish himself as an elite player.
Early in his Eagles tenure, Brooks dealt with crippling anxiety, and detailed how he would throw up on the morning of a game day. The issue caused him to miss games with the Birds and also the Houston Texans, and he addressed the challenge head on in November of 2019, when he wrote this on Twitter:
It was something that he dealt with during his football career, and battled through it to become a multiple-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champion. He spoke at his retirement press conference about supporting Lane Johnson through his issues and vice versa, which really helps to de-stigmatize the mental health issue and put it out there in the open.
Educating a misguided Ronald Darby
Brooks’ greatest contribution may not have come on the football field.
During rehab, he correctly noted that Ronald Darby was off his rocker for daring to compare Lil Uzi Vert to Michael Jackson:
— Brandon Brooks (@bbrooks_79) July 18, 2019
It’s an absolutely insane take. Darby should have been waived on the spot. There is no “next Michael Jackson.” There will never be another Michael Jackson, and it’s definitely not Uzi, who is a terrible autotune mumble rapper.
A parking observation
When he first arrived in Philadelphia, made the observation every newcomer makes:
So y'all just gone park in the middle of the street out here huh lol pic.twitter.com/w8PMuqRufU
— Brandon Brooks (@bbrooks_79) April 3, 2016
Welcome to Philly!
Making room in the NFC Championship Game
Everybody gave LeGarrette Blount a ton of credit to bulldozing Andrew Sendejo in the NFC Championship Game. Sendejo would later go on to commit a bunch of dumb penalties for the Eagles in 2019.
But if you watch the clip closely, the initial space is created by Brooks, who gets a push on the linebacker and generates enough of a hole for Blount to scrape through, en route to the game-winning score:
"LeGarrette Blount … TOUCHDOWN! Just boulds his way in"
Four years ago today, the Eagles defeated the Vikings 38-7 on route to the Super Bowl. pic.twitter.com/XJZi0VFgfO
— National Football Post (@FootballPost) January 21, 2022
One of the iconic moments of the Super Bowl year, and Brooks played a big part.
Guaranteeing that the hole will be there
This is one of the better video clips floating around out there:
“You can call whatever you want… the hole will be there… every time… I guarantee you that.”
Happy Retirement Brandon Brooks! 👏 pic.twitter.com/j0iW4DEX6j
— WeAreBigGuys (@WeAreBigGuys) January 26, 2022
Man, he was consistent, wasn’t he? Just stout out there. Hard to move and rarely made mistakes.
A two-fer out in space
The Birds demolished the Broncos back in 2017, and on a Jay Ajayi touchdown run, we had a Brooks double-whammy, with him pushing a linebacker into a defensive back, who both ended up on the ground:
Brandon Brooks had one hell of a career with the Birds… 3 straight Pro Bowls and a Super Bowl to boot.
Brooks was serving double pancakes for Jay Ajayi during that SB run. pic.twitter.com/VMz5NyjTX7
— Barstool Philly (@BarstoolPhilly) January 26, 2022
Not allowing sacks in general
Brandon Brooks since joining the Eagles in 2016:
– 2.805 pass blocking snaps
– 4 sacks allowed
— Thomas R. Petersen (@thomasrp93) January 26, 2022
Congrats to Brandon Brooks on one hell of a career. One of the best free agent signings in team history. A Super Bowl champion ad 3x Pro Bowler.