3-Time Eagles Pro Bowl OG Brandon Brooks Retires from NFL After 10 Seasons

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 26, 2022

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 12: Philadelphia Eagles offensive guard Brandon Brooks (79) looks on during the preseason game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers on August 12, 2021 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Philadelphia Eagles guard Brandon Brooks announced his retirement from the NFL on Wednesday.

"How do you say goodbye to something you loved your whole life?" he told reporters.

Brooks spent 10 years in the NFL, including the last six in Philadelphia. He earned three Pro Bowl selections with the Eagles and helped them win the Super Bowl during the 2017 season.

Injuries hampered him over the past two seasons, including a torn Achilles tendon that cost him all of the 2020 campaign. He then suffered a torn pectoral muscle in Week 2 of 2021 and did not return for the remainder of the season.  

"It didn't end the way I would have liked it, but to me, it's never about the ending. It's about the journey," he said Wednesday.

Brooks also discussed his love for the city of Philadelphia:

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"I just wanted to try to show the city that I loved them as much as I felt they loved me." - <a href="https://twitter.com/bbrooks_79?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@bbrooks_79</a> <a href="https://t.co/5qBvXEzFFO">pic.twitter.com/5qBvXEzFFO</a>

The Houston Texans selected Brooks with a third-round pick in 2012. He won a starting job in his second season and started 44 games for the Texans over the next three years.

His career took off when he signed with the Eagles in 2016. He helped form one of the NFL's top offensive lines alongside All-Pros Lane Johnson, Jason Kelce and Jason Peters. 

After Brooks started every game from 2017 to 2019, injuries derailed his career in the past two seasons, which caused the 32-year-old to step away from the sport.