(09-21-2010 11:07 AM)keithbrooking56 Wrote: I love the level of hypocrisy in this thread.
Keith Brooking played all out with an emotional edge every year he was in Atlanta. He even played a season with a broken back and no complaints. He routinely moved position to help the team and not once complained. He showed an elite level as an ILB in a 3-4 defense and when that changed to a 4-3 he not once complained. All the divas running around in pro sports whining about any loss of personal production and here you have a multiple time Pro Bowl player being asked to sacrifice his status and position and he did so with no complaints. I can not count how many horrible teams he was stuck on and during the dog days of late season stuck on bad teams he was almost always the only Falcon still out there giving effort and showing a level of pride and professionalism you wished to see in every player.
The Falcons told him he was too old to start and they weren't going to start him. He was a free agent. He found a team that would pay him as a starter and give him a chance to start. He left. He didn't throw a temper tantrum when he left, he didn't call out names or talk about how he was disrespected for years by giving up more Pro Bowls to help the team out.
His new team plays his old team and he does what he has done every time he stepped on the field: he provided emotional leadership to his team and got them fired up to play. Did he show his ass a little? Yep. Guess what? I don't blame him at all. He had a great season for Dallas last year, he's having a good start to this year for them as well. He showed he can still play in this league and still start. He even apologized after the Atlanta game for how he acted.
I don't understand the irrational and childish hatred some people have had about him for years but I find it disgusting. This guy bled for the Falcons and was shown the door. He has every right to continue his NFL career for another team and yes he even has the right to play against the Falcons.
Nothing he does or what some hypocrites flame away on an internet will take away what he did for this franchise and how he represented the team and the city to its finest.
I loved Brooking until last seasons Dallas game, Its the way he acted on the field.
It was 100% not the same Falcon who wore our jerseys for years, but soemthing else and it was disrepectful.