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Brooks, Robert A. "Bob"

(born: 1938) 

Robert A. Brooks was born in Winchester, KY. A six foot tall football player, he attended Oliver High and Winchester High School. Louis Stout referred to Robert A. Brooks as a "pure athlete" who displayed speed, quickness, agility and toughness. Brooks was a running back at Ohio University, where he was designated an All-American in 1960. His football career at Ohio University was from 1957-1960. He was selected in the 21st round of the 1961 draft by the New York Titans (later the New York Jets), an American Football League team. Robert A. Brooks played one season, participating in 14 games and averaging 3.7 yards a carry. He also played two seasons with Toledo Tornadoes, a United Football League (UFL) from 1962-1963. The UFL was a midwest minor league football organization from1961-1964, followed by the Continental Football League. For more see Shadows of the past, by L. Stout; and Bob Brooks at the website. See also Robert A. Brooks at the Winchester Black History and Heritage Committee website.

The following corrections were received from Laurance VanMeter by email 11/24/2020:
He [Robert A. Brooks] attended Winchester High School, after Oliver HS and Winchester HS integrated in 1956 (not Clark County; all three schools didn’t consolidate until 1960, with the new school formed as George Rogers Clark HS).  And he attended Ohio University (not the Ohio State University).  He was an All-American, and Ohio U. won the Little College National Championship in 1960.

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NKAA Source: Shadows of the past: a history of the Kentucky High School Athletic League
NKAA Entry: Stout, Louis

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