Speed, agility, toughness and an uncanny ability to snag the whirling pigskin over defenders – Chris Brooks, Jr. ’22 has dominated as a wide receiver at SLUH. The varsity football team captain was honored for his exceptional performance as a First Team All Metro Offense selection and MCC Co-Offensive Player of the Year. Yet his talent and ability extend well beyond football.
This fall, the First Honors student will attend – and play football at – Yale, where he plans to study business. He also hopes to continue building the foundation to become a professional football player.
“What makes Chris unique is his ability to excel in any surrounding,” says head football coach Mike Jones. “Over Christmas break, I called his dad to talk about his official visit to Yale. I asked him what Chris was doing, and he said he was studying. I reminded his dad it was Christmas break, and he chuckled and said, ‘My son believes he needs to be ahead in everything.’”
In addition to football, Brooks has participated in basketball (freshman year) and track (junior and senior years) at SLUH, while serving as a President’s Ambassador and Senior Advisor.
“The most important thing I’ve learned as an athlete at SLUH is to fight through all odds, no matter how daunting they may seem,” says Chris Brooks, Jr. '22.
Movie: Karate Kid
Musical Artist: J. Cole
Sports Team: Seattle Seahawks
Hobbies: Video games, spending time with family, listening to music
Hero: My parents
SLUH football game: Beating Marquette last fall. "It was a back-and-forth game that came down to us scoring within the last 30 seconds, sending us to the district finals."