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255. Keith Brooking

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255. Keith Brooking
One of the most prolific tacklers in the history of the Atlanta Falcons, Keith Brooking, was drafted from Georgia Tech 12th overall in 1998.  While he was not an immediate starter, he found a home in Atlanta’s Nickel Defense and was a part of their run to Super Bowl XXXIII.  
After becoming a regular starter, Brooking had few equals as a run stuffer, and he would have a nine-season run where he would have over 100 combined tackles, and in 2003, he would lead the National Football League in Solo Tackles with 123.  Brooking would be named to five straight Pro Bowls (2001-05), and as of this writing is in the top 25 all-time in Solo Tackles and Combined Tackles.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Senoia, Georgia, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Monday, 01 January 2018
  • Position: Linebacker
  • Games Played: 225
  • Notable Statistics: 13 Interceptions
    185 Interception Return Yards
    9 Forced Fumbles
    10 Fumble Recoveries
    0 Fumble Recovery Yards
    22.0 Quarterback Sacks
    1,440 Combined Tackles
    1,103 Solo Tackles
    337 Assisted Tackles
    58 Tackles for Loss*
    26 Quarterback Hits**
    108 Approximate Value

    11 Playoff Games
    1 Forced Fumble
    1 Fumble Recovery
    0 Fumble Recovery Yards
    2.0 Quarterback Sacks
    45 Combined Tackles
    39 Solo Tackles
    6 Assisted Tackles
    2 Tackles for Loss*

    *Tackles for Loss was not a statistic until the 1999 Season.
    **Quarterback Hits was not a statistic until the 2006 Season.
  • Played For: Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos
  • College: Georgia Tech
  • Drafted: 1st Round, 12th Overall in 1998
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Super Bowl Rings (None)
    Second Team All-Pro (2) (2002 & 2004)
    Pro Bowl (5) (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 & 2005)
    Most Solo Tackles (1) (2003)

  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten Finishes: Solo Tackles (3) (2001, 2002 & 2003)
    Top Ten Finishes: Combined Tackles (4) (2001, 2002 2003 & 2006)

  • Notable All Time Rankings: 6. Solo Tackles: 1,097
    11. Combined Tackles: 1,435

Should Keith Brooking be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 50%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 20.8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 20.8%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 8.3%
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