Here are three items that are, no doubt, on every Philadelphia Eagles fan’s wishlist as they celebrate Brandon Brooks’ birthday.
They say that thirty is the new twenty. As nice as that sounds, we imagine that it would be different for NFL stars. Thirty doesn’t always feel like twenty to them. No, just feel like they’re thirty. Some may even feel like they’re forty. On August 19th, Philadelphia Eagles guard Brandon Brooks turned thirty years old.
While most of us would have probably thrown a party, Brooks went to work. He’s continuing to work his way back from a torn Achilles he suffered in the Eagles divisional-round loss in last season’s NFL Playoffs.
Brooks has done a nice job making a name for himself. He’s a two-time Pro Bowl selection (2017, 2018). That isn’t bad for a guy who wasn’t even invited to the NFL Combine in 2012. The Eagles signed him to a five-year, $40 million deal in 2016 after he spent the first four years of his professional career with the Houston Texans.
He’s won the admiration of his teammates, coaches, and the city he plays in. The Eagles organization wished him a happy birthday on Monday. As fans who are selfish, most of us are probably thinking about what we want from him. Here are three items that are probably on everyone’s wishlist.
1. Of course, we want him to be healthy.
Well, this one’s obvious. Without a doctor to ask, one might imagine that the recovery time for an Achilles tear seems like it should be around a year or so. Brooks is a little over eight months removed from his, and he plays one of the most violent contact sports known to man.
Yes, everyone wants a healthy Brooks, but there’s something the Eagles organization may want to take into consideration.
2. The Eagles should take their time with him.
Crosstraining Halapoulivaati Vaitai was a brilliant move by the Eagles coaches. It may have extended his shelf life as an NFL lineman. It improves his trade value if that’s something the Eagles are still interested in doing, but it also does something else.
It buys the Eagles some time. They don’t have to rush Brooks back to the field, and the Eagles shouldn’t. No one wants to see any further injury.
3. Keep QB1 upright.
The goal in all of this is to see the Eagles go deep in the playoffs. To do that, there must be a healthy Carson Wentz. They’ve invested in depth along the line. They’ve done what they can to get younger, and it appears to be paying off.
Philly should have another deep line heading into 2019’s regular season. Brooks will be back at some point, but again, Philly should be patient. They’ve bought themselves some time. Eagles fans are right to be confident as the regular season approaches.