By Joe Torosian
Legendary Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Larry Brooks turns 72 today.
Brooks, born in 1950, was drafted in the 14th round (#355-overall) by the Rams out of Virginia State. He played all his 11-seasons in Los Angeles.
Starting 122 of 131 career games, he recorded 74.5 sacks playing alongside Jack Youngblood, Merlin Olsen, and Fred Dryer.
Two notes should be made about Brook’s career. He wasn’t a caddy for Olsen, as his success continued after Olsen’s retirement. Also, in 1975 he suffered a knee injury that limited him to eight games and cost him the post-season.
The Rams were blown out at home in the NFC title game by the Dallas Cowboys that year. In 1976, with Brooks in the lineup, the Rams won in Dallas, 14-12, in the first round of the playoffs.
Brooks was a five-time Pro Bowl selection, two-time first-team All-Pro, and two-time second-team All-Pro.
After leaving the Rams, Brooks went on to a long career as an NFL assistant. Including stints with the Rams (1983-1990), Packers, Seahawks, Bears, and Lions, before finishing with the Cardinals in 2006.
These numbers, this career, make it apparent that Brooks doesn’t belong in the Hall of The Very Good. Brooks belongs in the Hall of Fame.
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