Former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Robert Brooks is already enshrined in the team’s Hall of Fame. This May, he will be inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame as well. He will join a class of eight new inductees that includes former NBA star Jermaine O’Neal and Negro League star Charles “Chino” Smith. The eight inductees will be enshrined on Monday, May 15 of this year.
Robert Brooks at South Carolina
Packers legend Robert Brooks began his college career at South Carolina in 1988. As a freshman, he had 34 receptions for 508 yards and four touchdowns. The next season, Brooks recorded 34 receptions again for 471 and another four touchdowns.
The next two seasons saw Brooks increase his receiving yards and touchdown numbers. In 1990, Brooks had 33 receptions for 548 yards and six touchdowns. The next year, his senior year, was the best of his collegiate career. That season, Brooks had 55 receptions for 684 yards and five touchdowns.
Robert Brooks with the Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers drafted Brooks with the 62nd overall pick (third round) of the 1992 NFL Draft. In his first two seasons combined, Brooks was targeted 54 times and had 33 receptions. He accumulated just 306 receiving yards and one touchdown in those two seasons (just imagine what Packers fans today would have said!)
In 1994, Brooks took over as one of the Packers’ starting wide receivers and had a breakout season. That year, he had 58 receptions, 648 yards (more than double his career total to that point), and four touchdowns. The very next year, 1995, Brooks had the best season of his career, notching 102 receptions for 1,497 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Unfortunately, Brooks’ 1996 season (the Super Bowl season) was cut short due to a broken leg. He came back in 1997 with another stellar season, recording 60 receptions for 1,010 yards and seven touchdowns.
Brooks played in 12 games in 1998 and missed all of 1999 due to injury. He played in four games for the Denver Broncos in 2000 before retiring from the NFL.
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