The Eagles suffered a crushing playoff loss to New Orleans on Sunday evening, but one of the most upsetting aspects of that defeat was seeing right guard, Brandon Brooks, carried off the field after such a dominant season. Brooks was set to make his second consecutive Pro Bowl appearance later this month
Injured early in the game, Brooks would not return after what has now been realized to be a torn Achilles. The former Texan released a statement on social media regarding the injury.
Wanted to take a minute to thank everyone for the well wishes. Yeah it sucks I tore my Achilles but you know what I look forward to attacking rehab like it’s a game. I look forward to this long journey. God got me and this did nothing but light a fire I needed
— Brandon Brooks (@bbrooks_79) January 14, 2019
Brooks has become a beloved athlete in Philadelphia, having somehow not allowed a single sack since 2016. A key cog on the offensive line, he has earned a reputation as one of the fiercest competitors in the locker room and an inspiration to many.,
Brandon Brooks (1,016 snaps) is one of only three @NFL offensive linemen with 15 games started and no sacks allowed in 2018, joining BAL's Marshal Yanda (1,086 snaps) and NE's Joe Thuney (1,051 snaps).#FlyEaglesFly
— John Gonoude (@john_gonoude) December 28, 2018
His response to this injury only highlights why the City of Philadelphia loves him so much. After openly discussing his battle with anxiety, garnering support from players both inside and outside of the locker room, the Miami product became an inspiration to many who struggle with mental health. His kindness and generosity were put under a spotlight when Brooks tweeted about the truck he bought for his father. And now, his mentality that insists on attacking rehab ‘like it’s a game’ could be the shining light that those dealing with physical setbacks truly need.
It’s obviously way too early to begin looking at an expected return window, but Brooks should be primed to compete harder than ever next year.
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