His son, Ahmad, currently plays for the San Francisco 49ers. RIP.
Bill Brown knew of Perry Brooks’ NFL career. The former Hylton football coach also knew Brooks as a person and it’s a feeling Brown will never forget.
“He was one of those parents that was very supportive,” said Brown, who coached Brooks’ sons, Perry Jr. and Ahmad, at Hylton. “He was always so personable. Everything was always positive with Mr. Brooks. He was 100 percent behind us at Hylton.”
Brown cherished the friendship he shared with the 55-year-old former Washington Redskin, who died Monday at Sentara Potomac Hospital.
“I always enjoyed the relationship I had with Mr. Brooks,” Brown said. “He was a fun guy, so upbeat and always had a smile on his face. My wife is five-foot-one and he was six-foot something. He’d hug her and she would disappear. He was an upbeat person. He was fun to be around.”
Perry Brooks played football for Southern University before the New England Patriots selected him in the seventh round of the 1976 draft.
He played for the Redskins from 1977-84 as a defensive lineman. He was a member of two Redskins Super Bowl teams, the first of which was the Redskins win over Miami in Super Bowl XVII.
Brooks’ best season came in 1984, when he totaled 5.5 sacks.
After his career ended, Brooks served as a salesman at Cowles Nissan in Woodbridge.