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One of the best free agent signings in Eagles history, Brandon Brooks announces retirement

A smart, rational man with many interests beyond the playing field, Brooks will transition into the life of his choice, with an enviable football career behind him. Regardless of his next steps, as Lurie pointed out, Brooks has already created a lasting impact on both the organization and the lives of so many people who are inspired by his willingness to speak so openly – not just at his teammates, but also publicly. — on the things he struggled with during his successful career.

While speaking to the media last spring, a full recovery from a torn Achilles tendon and given the green light to return to the football field without any restrictions, Brooks expressed no doubt he would return to his Pro Bowl form and that the hardships of so many physical challenges – a shoulder injury and two torn Achilles tendons in the lead – would soon be forgotten. As he stated that day, Brooks would indeed line up once again in his familiar guard role next to Johnson, giving the Eagles the best combination on the right side of any NFL offensive line.

There’s another thing Brooks said on that late May afternoon, something that resonates these many months later as Brooks announced his retirement from football after 122 regular season and playoff games, including 69 with the Eagles, three Pro Bowls, six playoff appearances. , and a Super Bowl championship.

“I’m at peace,” Brooks said. “I saw the highest of highs and the lowest of lows and thanks to all of that, thank God I woke up the next day, right? No matter how bad things looked or how good things seemed, I’ve been through it.

In his 96th offensive snap this season, against the San Francisco 49ers at Lincoln Financial Field, Brooks suffered a season-ending pectoral injury. While 2021 didn’t go as planned for Brooks, that won’t take away from what he meant to this team and to this organization for so many years.

Here are some of the highlights of Brooks’ NFL career:

• Three-time Pro Bowl selection (2018-20) and Super Bowl LII champion

• Most Pro Bowl selections by any guard in franchise history

• Including playoffs, 122 career games (116 starts) – including 69 (all starts) with the Eagles

• Six career playoff trips, including four playoffs with Philadelphia

• Considered among the best guards in the NFL during the 2016-19 seasons

• Ranked 2nd among all NFL guards in run blocking (85.4) from 2016-2019 (min. 1,000 run blocking snaps, per Pro Football Focus)

• Ranked 3rd among all NFL guards in pass blocking (90.6) from 2016-2019 (min. 2,000 pass blocking snaps, per Pro Football Focus)

• Tied with David DeCastro for fewest sacks allowed (4 of 2,587 pass-blocking snaps) among all NFL guards in that span (min. 2,000 pass-blocking snaps, per Pro Football Focus)

• Highest offensive rating (92.8) among all NFL guards in 2019

• Led the NFL in the run blocking category in 2019 (91.4)

• Bags authorized per season: 2016 (1), 2017 (0), 2018 (1), 2019 (2)

• Blocked for one of the most dominant OLs in the Eagles’ Super Bowl LII winning season

• Helped Philadelphia lead the NFL in red zone offense (65.5%) and rank 3rd in rushing (132.2 yards per game) and offensive points per game (26.3 ) in 2017

Brooks quietly and graciously announced his retirement on Wednesday. No fanfare. Just the memory of a great football player and a great Eagle who liked to be in Philadelphia where the agreement with a player and a team was perfect, just perfect.

“Brandon Brooks embodies who we are,” Stoutland said in 2019. “He’s a great member of our team. He always has a positive attitude. I love the way he prepares and especially the way how he behaves on Sunday.”

Rodney N.

The author Rodney N.