RIP Perry Brooks

Former Redskin and friend Perry Brooks passed away yesterday, he was 55 years old.

Perry was a defensive tackle who played his college ball at Southern University and was drafted in the 7th round of the 1976 draft by the New England Patriots. Perry came to the Redskins in 1978 and remained with them until his retirement in 1984. Over 7 seasons Perry played in 92 regular season games and appeared in 2 Super Bowls, including the 82′ Championship season.

In retirement, Perry got into the automobile business and was a long time employee of Cowles Nissan in Woodbridge, VA. It was here that I first met Perry. As a young 20ish kid who happened to be a diehard Redskins fan, I was thrilled to be working alongside a former Redskin. I would sit and listen to Perry’s stories about those classic games and players that I had grown up admiring. I’m sure they were stories that Perry had grown tired of telling over the years, but he always welcomed me when I came to sit at his desk and ask him questions. Everything about Perry was big, his smile, his laugh, his personality and his heart. Perry not only shared his stories, Perry shared his personal Redskins tickets with me. I watched the last Redskins game played at RFK while sitting in Perry’s seats. That was an experience I will never forget and I will never forget Perry.

Perry was very proud of his family, a family that includes his son Ahmad, a linebacker for the 49′ers. My thoughts and prayers go out to them…I guess heaven needed a defensive tackle to help stuff the run. RIP #69.

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