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Brooks Reed (born February 28, 1987) is an American football outside linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Arizona and was drafted by the Houston Texans in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Brooks Reed
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Reed with the Atlanta Falcons in 2015
No. 50 – Arizona Cardinals
Position:Outside linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1987-02-28) February 28, 1987 (age 32)
Tucson, Arizona
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:254 lb (115 kg)
Career information
High school:Sabino
(Tucson, Arizona)
NFL Draft:2011 / Round: 2 / Pick: 42
Career history
Roster status:Injured reserve
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:276
Forced fumbles:3
Fumble recoveries:2
Player stats at

Early yearsEdit

Reed was born in Tucson, Arizona.[1] He attended Sabino High School in Tucson, where he was a running back and defensive lineman for the Sabino Sabercats high school football team.[1] He rushed for 350 yards with seven touchdowns as a junior, earning first-team All-league and honorable mention All-state. As a senior in 2006, he was recognized as a first-team All-state selection and a SuperPrep high school All-American at running back, and received first-team All-state honors as a defensive lineman from the Tucson Citizen after compiling 38 tackles and three sacks.[1] He also starred in track & field, posting bests of 11.75 seconds in the 100 meters and 24.08 seconds in the 200 meters. After his senior year, Brooks was ranked the 9th best fullback in the country by Yahoo/Rivals Sports.[2]

College careerEdit

During his college career at the University of Arizona, Reed was credited with 87 tackles and 15 sacks.[3] In 2010, Reed was named to the Pac-10 All-Conference squad as a member of the first team, and was elected Team Captain by his teammates.[4][5]

In 2011, Brooks was awarded the "Tom Hansen" medal, given to the best athlete and student in the then Pac-10.[6]

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 2 12 in
(1.89 m)
263 lb
(119 kg)
4.66 s 1.63 s 2.70 s 4.28 s 7.11 s 30 12 in
(0.77 m)
9 ft 5 in
(2.87 m)
30 reps
All values from NFL Combine[7]

Houston TexansEdit

The Houston Texans selected Reed in the second round (42nd overall pick) in the 2011 NFL Draft.[8][9] The Texans named him to the starting line-up in the sixth week of his first season, following an injury to starting linebacker Mario Williams.[10] In his first start, Reed recorded six tackles.[11] In his second game as a starter, Brooks recorded his first NFL quarterback sack against the Tennessee Titans on October 23, 2011.[11][12]

Atlanta FalconsEdit

Reed signed a five-year, $22 million contract with the Atlanta Falcons on March 10, 2015.[13][14]

In the 2016 season, Reed and the Falcons reached Super Bowl LI, where they faced the New England Patriots. In the Super Bowl, Reed had three total tackles as the Falcons fell in a 34–28 overtime defeat.[15]

On September 10, 2017, against the Chicago Bears in the season opener, Reed had two sacks in the 23–17 victory.[16] He finished the season with 41 combined tackles and four sacks through 16 games and 14 starts.

In 2018, Reed played in 16 games with eight starts, recording 24 combined tackles, one sack, and a forced fumble.

On February 6, 2019, Reed was released by the Falcons.[17]

Arizona CardinalsEdit

On February 9, 2019, Reed signed a one-year, $1.625 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals.[18] On November 8, 2019, Reed was placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.[19]


  1. ^ a b c, 2010 Arizona Football Roster, Brooks Reed Archived December 27, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved October 27, 2011.
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  3. ^ Associated Press, "Former Sabino and Arizona standout Brooks Reed drafted by Texans Archived April 4, 2012, at the Wayback Machine," KVOA News 4 (April 29, 2011). Retrieved October 27, 2011.
  4. ^ "Juron Criner and Brooks Reed are first team all-conference selections Archived April 4, 2012, at the Wayback Machine," KVOA News 4 (December 7, 2010). Retrieved October 27, 2011.
  5. ^ "Wildcats Hit the Road to Kick Off 2010 Football Season".
  6. ^ "Tom Hansen Medal Winners". Pac-12.
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  8. ^ "2011 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  9. ^ Chris Duncan, "Texans take Arizona LB Reed in second round," The Seattle Times (April 29, 2011). Retrieved October 27, 2011.
  10. ^ Jeffrey Martin, "Reed knows he has his work cut out filling Mario's spot in Texans' lineup," Houston Chronicle (October 11, 2011). Retrieved October 27, 2011.
  11. ^ a b National Football League, Players, Brooks Reed. Retrieved October 27, 2011.
  12. ^ "Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans - October 23rd, 2011". Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  13. ^ Ledbetter, D. Orlando. "Report: Falcons expected to sign linebackers Brooks Reed, Justin Durant". Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  14. ^ Adams, Jay (March 10, 2015). "Falcons Agree to Terms with Four Players". Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  15. ^ "Super Bowl LI - New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons - February 5th, 2017". Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  16. ^ "Atlanta Falcons at Chicago Bears - September 10th, 2017". Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  17. ^ "Falcons release DE Brooks Reed saving $4.5 million in cap space". February 6, 2019.
  18. ^ Hagemann, Andie (February 9, 2019). "Cardinals sign Brooks Reed to one-year contract".
  19. ^ Urban, Darren (November 8, 2019). "Cardinals Put Brooks Reed On IR, Promote Two From Practice Squad".

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