One of the most resilient and remarkable athletes in Packers history; Robert Brooks became the team’s main ‘Go-To’ receiver in the mid ’90’s. When the slender, 6’ 180# end amassed 1,497 receiving yards on 102 receptions in 1995, Brooks passed the great Sterling Sharpe for the team record that still stands. His 99 yard touchdown pass reception against the Bears ins still a Packer record.
After his record setting season in 1995, Brooks would suffer a season ending career threatening injury in the middle of the ’96 season. But what coaches would call the “toughest guy ever coached” Brooks would become what some called a medical marvel when he came back for tow more productive seasons before retiring in 1998.
Noted for his competitive spirit and outstanding work ethic during his seven (1990-98) season with the Packers, Brooks was also the Packers leading punt-returner in ’93 and ’94 and leading the NFL in kickoff returns in 1993, with a 2616 yard average.
Brooks popularized the ‘Lambeau Leap’, leaping into the stands after each of his touchdowns. Fans loved it and the ‘Leap’ became so popular Brooks had a CD single I 1995 titled “Jump”. He set a South Caroliina career receiving record with 19 touchdowns surpassing Sharp’s mark of 17. Little did Brooks know then that Sharpe would be his teammate again…this time with the Packers.
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