Remembering Aaron Brooks

March 24 is the 39th birthday of Aaron Brooks, a seven-year-starting quarterback who has been out of the league nine years. Originally drafted in the fourth round by Ron Wolf for the Packers in 1999, Brooks was traded to New Orleans a year later, primarily for linebacker K.D. Williams. Despite leading the Saints franchise to its first-ever playoff game, his career crashed and burned quickly after some early success. He was released by the Saints in 2006 following a 3-13 season and signed with Oakland where he threw for three touchdowns and eight interceptions in one season. The Raiders cut him and his career was over. No one was interested in this talented but wildly inconsistent mobile passer who was Michael Vick’s cousin and who was elected to the Saints Hall of Fame (yes, they have one) in 2014.

Brooks is a member of two uniquePacker clubs. First, he is one of 18 quarterbacks (not including replacement player John McCarthy during the 1987 strike) to be on the Green Bay active roster in a season, yet not appear in a game:

1964 Dennis Claridge
1974 Dean Carlson
1978 Neil Graff
1980 Mark Miller
1985 Vince Ferragamo
1985 Joe Shield
1989 Blair Kiel
1990 Mike Norseth
1992 Ty Detmer
1993 Mark Brunell
1994 Ty Detmer
1998 Rick Mirer
1999 Aaron Brooks
2002 Craig Nall
2005 Craig Nall
2006 Todd Bouman
2008 Brian Brohm
2010 Graham Harrell
2011 Graham Harrell
2014 Scott Tolzien
2015 Brett Hundley


Second, Brooks is one of a small handful of black quarterbacks to be associated with the Packers.

Charlie Brackins appeared in seven games for Green Bay in 1955, but mostly just kicking off; he only threw two passes before being cut at midseason.

Willie Wood came to the Packers as a free agent former USC quarterback in 1960 and reportedly got to throw a few passes in training camp before being shifted to safety.

Tulane’s Nickie Hall was a 10th round pick in 1981 and spent that season on the injured list before being cut in training camp in 1982. He spent 1983 and 1984 with Winnipeg and Saskatchewan of the CFL before falling out of football.

Brooks spent 1999 as the well-rested third quarterback behind Brett Favre and Matt Hasselbeck.

Henry Burris was signed out of Canada in 2001 and spent that season on the practice squad. After a season with the Bears, Burris returned to the CFL where his career has extended into his 40s.

Akili Smith was signed in the spring of 2003 and cut in August.

Seneca Wallace became the second black quarterback, and first to start a game, for Green Bay in 2013, but injury forced him to the sideline and ended his career. Wallace threw just 24 passes for the Packers.

Brett Hundley is the current backup to Aaron Rodgers. He has yet to throw a pass or appear in a game in the regular season.

1964pdclaridge  1974tdcarlson

1978ngraff  1980tmmiller2

Custom cards are colorized.


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