AU’s Brooks bound for Alabama Sports Hall of Fame
BIRMINGHAM, Ala (ashof.com) – The former Auburn running back James Brooks will be one of eight to be inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 21, 2016.
A native of Warner Robins, GA, Brooks was selected All-SEC first team and second team All-American in 1980. He set school records for both kickoff return yards (1,726) and all-purpose yards (5,596). He also scored 30 touchdowns during his Auburn career.
He was a first-round draft choice of the San Diego Chargers and played 13 seasons with four different teams (the Chargers, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers). He was a four time Pro Bowl Selection with the Bengals (1986, 1988, 1989, and 1990). When he left the Bengals in 1991, he was the team’s all-time leading rusher with 6,447 yards. He is still among the Bengals top leading receivers with 297 receptions for 3,012 yards. He is a member of the Bengals 40th Anniversary Team.
For his career he had 7,962 rushing yards, 383 receptions for 3,621 receiving yards, 565 punt return yards, 2,762 kickoff return yards; and scoring 79 touchdowns. He played in Super Bowl XXIII with the Bengals in 1989.
Other members of the ASHOF Class of 2016 include: David Cutcliffe (coaching), Jim Fulmer (basketball), Oscar Gamble (baseball), Martha Jones Lang (golf), Chris Samuels (football), Calvin Smith (track and field), and Andrew Toney (basketball). Edgar Welden, Chairman of the Board of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame will receive the Distinguished American Sportsmen Award.