Proud Mary Has Something to Brag About These Days; Son Ahmad Plays Both Roles As Scholar and Athlete From Abilene High to University of Texas at Austin
By Frances Gonzalez-Boyd
If you tune into AM 1300 the Zone while driving in Austin, Texas, you can hear the voice of on-air talent Ahmad Brooks, 29, who is a sports radio co-host on the “Wake-Up Call” show where his road to success, dreams and destiny have become reality.These days Ahmad is living his dream and one for which did not come without work. That dream comes with a story of a boy and a student who had a desire to learn starting before he walked into school for the first time. He was already conditioned with many pats, praises and encouragements from home. The positive motivation from the home front that was instilled in him gave him the self-esteem that enabled him to tackle any peer pressure that tried to get in the way. It took the caring and love that laid Brooks foundation for his successful future. The proud mother Mary Brooks, who was there to help mold her son’s life, takes pride in sharing about her son’s accomplishments.Mary claims it all started with young Ahmad taking Karate lessons at the young age of five. He not only became an upcoming karate champion, but he was also a standout in soccer, baseball, and football in the state of Texas. “Ahmad was showcased as President of the Student Counsel by his peers from Mann Middle School through Abilene High School.” said Mary. “He also played quarterback at Abilene High from 1997 to 1998 to John Lacky. Lacky was also a popular football and baseball player who played with Ahmad, and went on to pitch with the Angels in the World Series. Ahmad went on sign a contract accepting a full scholarship to play football with UT at Austin in 1998. His position was Corner Back having played until 2002. Ahmad was then drafted also playing Corner Back for the Buffalo Bills for two years and then the New Orleans Saints for one year”, she said.”Ahmad graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Communication from UT Fall 2005 where he is currently a Law major, and claims that he is going to be the next governor of Texas.”It was at UT that he was accepted in 1998 with a football scholarship signing a contract becoming a valuable player for Coach Mack Brown’s inaugural class at the university. By the conclusion of his senior year, he along with fellow teammates, were deemed as the winningest class in UT history. His class was responsible for restoring prestige and rank back to the University of Texas football program.According to Ahmad’s biography on his AM 1300 the Zone website, prior to graduating from Abilene High School, he was a member of the U.S Under 16 National Soccer Pool and led the Abilene Eagles football squad to their best record in decades. l In addition, Ahmad became Abilene High’s first Division I football signee in 11 years and the school’s first player to earn a spot in the Texas HS Coaches association all-Star Game since 1964. He was voted class president of his high school all four years, while also serving as a four-year student council representative, a member of Youth City Council and a prep scholar and mentor. His personal accomplishments included, receiving action in 51 games and starting 27 contests, while recording 182 tackles, four sacks, four interceptions, 276 pass breakups, seven forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in four years at UT. In addition, he secured a team-high 88 tackles, four sacks, four interceptions, 27 pass breakups, seven forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in four years at UT. In addition, he secured a team-high 88 tackles for #1 ranked defense in the country, including a career-high 22 stops in the Big 12 Championship game against Colorado and led the Longhorns with 16 pass breakups and two interceptions in 1999. Ahmad proudly served as Team Captain in 2001 to his fellow teammates and school along with Major Applewhite and D.D. Lewis. The honors he received included All-Big 12 mention as well as receiving the University of Texas Outstanding Senior Award for accomplishments on and off the football field. Ahmad was a member of the Athletics Dean’s Honor Roll while also serving on the Student-Athlete Advisory council as the Longhorn football team representative. Following his tenure at UT, Ahmad was fortunate to be selected as a member of the national Football League by the Buffalo Bills and New Orleans Saints where he played 3 years prior to his retirement in 2005. Along with being radio host, he is currently co-owner and Chief Visionary Officer of Trinity Networks, on air talent for Fox Sports Southwest and the television host of the Longhorn sports Center with Mack Brown which broadcast nationwide.
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