The Colts chose two players before they picked Bill Brooks with the 86th overall pick in the 1986 NFL Draft. By the time his career as a Colts was over, however, Bill Brooks would be the first player enshrined in the team's Ring of Honor.
Brooks made an immediate impact as a rookie, the lone bright spot on a team that finished 3-13 in 1986. Brooks caught 65 passes, mostly from fellow rookie Jack Trudeau, for 1131 yards and eight touchdowns. Ironically, it would be his most productive season of his career.
Brooks played six more seasons in Indianapolis before moving on to Buffalo and finishing his career with the Washington Redskins. He would be a key component in Buffalo's high-powered offense that reached the Super Bowl in 1993.
For his Colts career, Brooks finished with 5818 yards in catches and 28 touchdowns. His 14.2 yards per reception average is second to only Jessie Hester among Indianapolis receivers with over 200 catches. His rookie season yardage output is the highest of any Colts receiver in team history not named Berry, Harrison or Wayne. Not even Wayne or Harrison ever averaged more yards per catch than Brooks' 17.4 yards per grab in 1986.
Brooks was the team's first Ring of Honor inductee in 1998. He continues to live in Indianapolis and work for the Colts front office.
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