Bulldog Hall of Fame
Mike Brooks Mike Brooks
Football, 1992-95

Brooks, a three-time (1993-95) All-America performer, led Ferris State to four consecutive NCAA Division II Playoff appearances from 1992-95. The 1995 Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference (MIFC) Defensive Lineman of the Year continues to rank as the school's all-time leading tackler after recording 351 solo stops and 316 assists for 667 total tackles from his linebacker position during his playing career from 1992-95. He also netted 22 tackles for a loss of 48 yards, forced four fumbles and recovered six fumbles as a Bulldog standout. The 5-11, 200-pound Brooks holds three of the school's top-five individual single-season tackle totals, including a school-best 205 total tackles on the strength of 105 solo stops in 1995. His 202 total hits in 1994 currently ranks as the program's second-best seasonal figure while his 185 stops in 1993 is the fifth-best mark to date. Brooks' 351 career solo tackles were also a school record. The Livonia Churchill High School product earned All-America honors from C.M. Frank (1st) and the College Sports Information Directors of America (3rd) in 1995 following recognition from C.M. Frank (1st) and CoSIDA (2nd) in 1994. He was a second-team C.M. Frank All-America honoree in 1993. Brooks helped Ferris post a 42-6 mark during his four-year playing career and led FSU to a NCAA-II National Semifinal berth in 1995. The Bulldogs secured their fourth consecutive conference title and third-straight undefeated regular season during his senior season. He was a three-time (1993-95) All-MIFC First-Team honoree and claimed USA Today Defensive Player of the Week recognition during his career. He currently serves as a middle school teacher for Walled Lake Schools along with his wife, Shannon. The couple has two sons, Gavin and Bailey, and reside in Livonia, Mich. Brooks earned an associate's degree in pre-teaching at FSU before going on receive a bachelor's degree in secondary education along with a masters degree in education from Wayne State University.

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