Starting Thursday, 256 former collegiate athletes will have their dreams made when they are selected by one of 32 NFL franchises at this year’s draft.
Surrounded by family, prospects enjoy the once in a lifetime moment before meeting the media for conference calls and introductions. Two in the talent pool have connections to past and present Washington Redskins players.
In the NFL’s annual “All in the Family” press release earlier this week, they connected the family lineage of former University of Wisconsin running back James White and current Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss (cousins) and UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr and former burgundy and gold running back, Reggie Brooks (Brooks is Barr’s uncle).
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 10 years, you know all that ‘Tana has done since moving to Washington.
But what do you know remember about Brooks?
Well, he was the team’s second round pick in the 1993 draft after a stellar career at Notre Dame. He also proved that he wasn’t afraid of carrying the load in the rugged NFC East as a 22-year-old.
In his first game exchanging Notre Dame blue and green for Redskins burgundy, Brooks dashed the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football for 53 yards on only 11 carries.
Two weeks later, he produced the best game of his professional career against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Carrying the ball 22 times, Brooks recorded 154 rushing yards and an 85-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to give the Redskins a 31-24 lead. Not bad for your first NFL touchdown.
Brooks finished his rookie season with 1,063 yards and three touchdowns, but his 85-yard run still stands as the second longest in franchise history behind only Billy Wells’ and his 88 yarder in 1954.
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