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12. James Brooks

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12. James Brooks

In 1983, the Cincinnati Bengals had a Running Back named Pete Johnson, who was upset with his pay.  The San Diego Chargers had a Running Back called James Brooks, who was unhappy with his role.  The two teams swapped the two malcontents for each other, and it worked out well for Cincinnati.

Brooks shared the load in 1984 with Larry Kinnebrew, and he likely wasn't happy at first.  Two years later, he had a breakout season, rushing for 1,087 Yards and leading the NFL in Yards per Attempt.  Brooks was hurt for most of the following season, but he would rebound with three consecutive Pro Bowls, going over 1,000 Rushing Yards in the last two. Brooks helped the Bengals win the AFC in 1988, but they lost the Super Bowl to San Francisco.

The Running Back went into steep decline in 1991 and was traded to Tampa Bay the following season.  Brooks left the Bengals with 9,459 Yards from Scrimmage with 64 Touchdowns.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Running Back
  • Acquired: Traded from the San Diego Chargers for Pete Johnson before the 1984 Season.
  • Departed:

    Traded to the Cleveland Browns after the 1992 Season.

  • Games Played: 118
  • Notable Statistics:

    106 Games Started
    1,344 Rushing Attempts
    6,447 Rushing Yards
    37 Rushing Touchdowns
    297 Receptions
    3,012 Receiving Yards
    27 Receiving Touchdowns
    24 Kick Returns
    408 Kick Return Yards
    1 Pass Completion
    2 Pass Attempts
    8 Passing Yards
    1 Passing Touchdown
    80 Approximate Value

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Pro Bowl (1986, 1988, 1989 & 1990)
    Most Yards per Rushing Attempt (1986)

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