Irish Connection returns to take you inside Blue-Gold Saturday with the Notre Dame football team.
Reggie Brooks, a former football All-America running back and graduate of the University of Notre Dame, is in his third year as the school's Manager for Monogram/Football Alumni Relations. Brooks works directly with the Notre Dame Monogram Club and Irish head football coach Brian Kelly on numerous projects related to the Monogram Club and former football players.
Brooks also serves as the sport administrator for the cross country and track and field programs. Brooks joined the Notre Dame athletics staff following four years with the Notre Dame Office of Information Technologies (OIT) as administrator of production system I. He also assisted with Notre Dame football pre- and post-game radio shows and webcasts, as well as the weekly coaches' radio show, for Notre Dame Sports Properties.
A native of Tulsa, Okla., Brooks played under former Irish head coach Lou Holtz from 1989-92. After starting his career as a defensive back, Brooks eventually moved to tailback, where he earned second-team All-America status and finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting after a stellar senior campaign in 1992. That season, he rushed for 1,372 yards and scored 13 touchdowns, averaging 122.1 yards per game and an even more impressive 8.0 yards per carry as the Irish went 10-1-1, including a 28-3 rout of Texas A&M in the 1993 Cotton Bowl.
Brooks remains quite visible throughout the Notre Dame record books. His career average of 7.6 yards per rush is still a school record, while his 1,372 yards rushing in '92 rank third-best in single-season school history. Brooks' 227-yard game at USC on Nov. 28, 1992, also ranks as the fourth-highest single-game rushing effort in school history. In addition, he stands among the top 10 in the following single-season categories at Notre Dame: yards per rush (second at 8.0, '92), yards rushing per game (third at 122.1, '92), 100-yard rushing games (eighth with five, '92) and rushing touchdowns (eighth with 13, '92).
Brooks played four seasons in the National Football League, predominantly in Washington (1993-95), after the Redskins selected him in the second round of the '93 NFL Draft (45th overall pick). He finished with 1,726 career rushing yards, including 223 carries for 1,063 yards as a rookie in '93. He also was named to the 1993 NFL All-Rookie Team by the Pro Football Writers of America.
Upon retirement from the NFL, Brooks worked with The Nordam Group in Tulsa for six years as a PC network technician and system business analyst. Prior to taking his initial OIT job at Notre Dame, he was the IT Network Specialist for Union Public Schools in Tulsa.
Brooks also previously served as an assistant coach for the Berlin Thunder of NFL Europe and as an intern for the Indianapolis Colts.
Brooks graduated from Notre Dame's College of Arts and Letters in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in management information systems.