Philadelphia Eagles All-Pro and offensive guard Brandon Brooks showed love to his teammates recently. This one was nice to see.
Two things need to be said before we say anything else. One, you never know what people are going through or what will pick them up. Second, we need to start recognizing Philadelphia Eagles All-Pro guard Brandon Brooks for more than just how good he is when he steps on a football field.
If all you know about this guy is he clears holes in the running game and he’s been voted to the Pro Bowl following each of the past two seasons, then you’ve missed several points.
Brooks’ obstacles to football greatness haven’t just been physical (last season ended with a torn Achilles during the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs). They’ve also been of the mental variety. He’s, in the past, been very open about his struggles with anxiety and the fact that he’s been dealing with it since his second year with the Houston Texans.
That’s right around seven years if anyone’s counting. Seven years is a long time to do anything, especially when we’re discussing something that’s been so severe that it’s caused him sleepless nights and sever stomach pain among so many other things.
The anxiety is something we’ve all watched Brooks learn to deal with from a distance. The Achilles injury was close to four months ago. Brooks has been rehabbing to get himself back into playing shape, and recently, during voluntary workouts, his Eagles teammates were there to show him some of that close-knit love we just keep hearing about over and over again.
Take a look:
Is there any doubt why it’s so easy to cheer for this team? In a league where so many locker rooms just seem like a job where a lot of coworkers are gathering week after week to ‘do their job’, Philly’s locker room looks more like a weekly family reunion. It shouldn’t be any surprise why this team works so well together.