Keith Brooking to make return to the Georgia Dome

Denver linebacker Keith Brooking makes his first return to the Georgia Dome on Monday. (Associated Press)

Denver linebacker Keith Brooking makes his first return to the Georgia Dome on Monday. (Associated Press)

FLOWERY BRANCH – Former Falcons stalwart Keith Brooking, now a member of the Denver Broncos, is set to make his return to the Georgia Dome on Monday.

In order to improve their depth on defense, the Broncos signed the former Falcons stalwart after training camp started in August.

Despite missing most of the preseason with a hamstring injury, the five-time Pro Bowler played on nine of Denver’s 81 defensive snaps (11%) in their 31-19 victory over Pittsburgh on Sunday.

After not being re-signed by the Falcons after the 2008 season, Brooking signed with the Dallas Cowboys. He spent the last three seasons wearing a star on his helmet.

Here’s a photo gallery of Brooking’s career with the Falcons.

The Broncos are playing Brooking, 36, at weakside linebacker and on special teams. He backed up Wesley Woodyard and played mostly in running situations.

In a 37-21 victory in Oct. of 2009, Cowboys linebacker Keith Brooking (51) cheers toward the Falcons bench after teammate Patrick Crayton scored a touchdown. The former Falcon had two tackles for the Cowboys. (Vernon Bryant, Dallas Morning News)

In a 37-21 victory in Oct. of 2009, Cowboys linebacker Keith Brooking (51) cheers toward the Falcons bench after teammate Patrick Crayton scored a touchdown. The former Falcon had two tackles for the Cowboys. (Vernon Bryant, Dallas Morning News)

“The plan for (Brooking) was to spell a little bit,” Denver coach John Fox told the Denver Post. “We probably didn’t do a good job of spelling our three (linebackers.) They were up in the 70s as far as (play) totals. We’ll bring Danny Trevathan along as well as Keith Brooking, who didn’t get a lot of time on the field in the preseason.”

Brooking was a surprise roster pick because he didn’t play during the preseason.

“We’re going off reputation and the leadership that he can bring,” Broncos executive vice president John Elway told the Denver Post at the time.

Brooking was drafted out of Georgia Tech in 1998 and played with the Falcons until 2008.

Brooking is just part of Denver’s “Georgia Gang” that includes Woodyard (LaGrange native), cornerback Champ Bailey (Georgia), wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (Georgia Tech) and running back Knowshon Moreno (Georgia).

The Falcons current regime elected not to re-sign Brooking after the 2008 season and told him that “this is a young man’s game.”

After the Cowboys beat the Falcons in 2009, Brooking celebrated wildly.

It was understandable that Brooking was pumped for the Cowboys-Falcons game in October (which somewhat turned both teams’ seasons around — the Falcons’ in the wrong direction). It was somewhat comical — and certainly out of character — how he trash-talked his former team and mocked them during Dallas’s win. (He later apologized for the trash-talking. But when asked about taunting the team by flapping his arms like a bird during the game, he responded, “I ain’t apologizing to anybody.”)

Brooking should be forgiven for his actions. The Broncos should introduce him with the starting lineup so the local kid from Coweta County can get one last ovation at the Georgia Dome.


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September 12th, 2012
9:33 am


September 12th, 2012
9:41 am

I hope this kind of good fortune can follow me to the convenience store – I’m playing lotto at later today. I’m a fan of Keith Brooking (even after the crazy antics he gave us when he was with the Cowboys). That said, I hope he can take the boos that are going to cascade down on him Monday night. I believe, if he can handle them, it will go a long way in repairing his image with the Falcons faithful. If not, he may get a stain on his career. I forgive him for his tantrum. I’m just hoping he doesn’t make it a trend.


September 12th, 2012
9:49 am

Enter your comments here not a gt,cowboys, however if you can play good for KB

Grape Nuts are neither grapes or nuts

September 12th, 2012
10:00 am

I plan on booing him. He has to know that players come and go on teams and to hold ill feelings for the team that drafted him just illustrates the type of person he is.


September 12th, 2012
10:12 am


September 12th, 2012
10:27 am

Who really cares about Keith Brooking?


September 12th, 2012
10:27 am

If they do introduce him, he’ll get a heck of a lot more boos than cheers. Between that gaff in the playoffs against Arizona and the photo above that keeps showing up every time Brooking is mentioned, he doesn’t stand a chance for a warm reception. A shame because he really was a stand out player for many years.


September 12th, 2012
10:34 am

I agree he should be forgiven. He is a great guy who was a good solid player for the Falcons for a long time.

Gritz Blitz

September 12th, 2012
10:43 am

I don’t think they introduce bench players. Nevertheless, if he is introduced I will be booing loudly. As far as I’m concerned Brooking burned his bridge to Atlanta by mocking us in that Cowboy game. He had no cause to do so. He was given a nice cordial farewell press conference where he thanked the Falcon organization for all that it had done for him then he acted like a complete and utter jerk as if we had thrown him under the bus. Patrick Kerney left under similar terms and not once did he diss his former team. That’s the difference between class and classless.


September 12th, 2012
10:44 am

Ha ha, the myth of Southern manners and hospitality will be in its grave on National TV…

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Falcon James

September 12th, 2012
11:00 am

I don’t see what difference it makes if he is announced or not. Everybody knows that the Falcon Fan are not in their seat during player introductions and the first quarter.

LOL At The Aints

September 12th, 2012
11:02 am

And the myth of sportsmanship will get spat on by one classless Keith Brooking,.


September 12th, 2012
11:04 am

Perhaps he’ll make the field by the 2nd half. He’s been a step slow for a while now.

3rd and 16

September 12th, 2012
11:06 am

We will only hear his name IF he plans and IF he makes a tackle.

3rd and 16

September 12th, 2012
11:06 am

Michael M.

September 12th, 2012
11:18 am

ha ! ha !……..welcome back old man………………………………..this is a young gun’s game !

Falcons are a better football Team as a whole at home so odds favor them to win this game…..true Denver won their opener against the Steelers but they played that one at Denver while the Falcons played a tough one on the road in front of a very loud crowd………………………………………………………Falcons look like a much stronger Team than last year so far this Season…….you know the odds makers gonna pick Denver to beat us because they like Manning…………………but I am a Falcon Fan and going with my Team to upset Denver and come up with another Win even if it is on Primetime…………………….
Falcons can win in Primetime….they whipped up on the Ravens on a Thursday night football game, I think it was last year………………………………….


September 12th, 2012
11:36 am

I appriciate what he did here both at Georgia Tech, Senoia, the Keith Brooking Foundation and the Falcons. He played hard made a lot of tackles and was a good teammate. He never really lived up to marketing, but it wasn’t his fault and I don’t begrudge anyone for taking the money they can get.

It annoyed me he would be so completely clownish and unprofessional with Dallas, but hey, that’s a clownish and unprofessional organization so it is what it is I guess.

Welcome back Keith, try not to be a douche this time please.


September 12th, 2012
11:39 am

I seriously doubt there will be many boos, the guy is a bit player for Denver rounding out a career.

There is no reason to boo Keith Brooking whatsoever. He played his tail off here.


September 12th, 2012
11:45 am

Cheeer for Brooking seriously!! NO WAY!! This guy, while he was a good player you never heard a peep from him when he was here they called him a queit leader, never thought of him as a leader anyway then he gets realeased by the Falcons and all of a sudden he can’t shut up!! Well we know his weakness, the pump fake. I hope the Falcons audible to a pass every play he is in on make him bite on the pump fake and dump it over his head to TG for six!!! RISE UP!!


September 12th, 2012
11:48 am

Oh, he’ll hear plenty of boos. I hope we never consider him for the ring of honor.

How do we know that he was told “this is a yonug man’s game” by the Falcons? Does the team admit telling him that, or is that just what Brooking claims?


September 12th, 2012
11:51 am

Wow, you guys are really upset about Brooking. A Bronco fan-just checking in on the conversation. You guys looked great last week in a tough place to play (as we know KC is) and it will be a tough game, but you aint playing Matt Cassel (one of the worst starting qbs in the league) this week.

Red Pants

September 12th, 2012
11:53 am

I cannot wait to be in the Dome Monday night. The environment should be awesome and I’ll be loud……dressed head to toe in blue and orange.

Go Broncos. Brooking will barely see the field by the way, he’s purely an emergency plan.


September 12th, 2012
11:54 am

For the first time, I’ll be happy to see Brookings on top of the pile 7 to 9 yards downfield at the Dome.


September 12th, 2012
11:58 am

reprinted without permission:

Denver Defensive tackle Ty Warren underwent an MRI exam on the elbow injury, and coach John Fox just announced he suffered a re-tear of the triceps he tore last season.

Fox has yet to meet with Warren, and just received the update from the Broncos’ medical staff.

The team has yet to determine Warren’s status, but the injury is likely season-ending.

The Broncos have not yet taken advantage of the new rule that allows teams to designate one player to return from IR.


September 12th, 2012
12:00 pm

Brooking has always been a windbag that danced and celebrated a LOT more than he delivered. I find his showboating, even when he was a Falcon, much more over rated than his play ever was. He has no need to apologize to us…..Keith, we dont care and your irrelevant.


September 12th, 2012
12:02 pm

As for Ty Warren, he has played 5 plays in 2 years for us, and is getting paid about a million per play. We have more depth at d line than we’ve had in years and losing him is really no loss at all at this point in his career.

Mike Franklin

September 12th, 2012
12:05 pm

I always liked Brooking but… he is not the class act that Tony Gonzales is… and the fans in the Dome will likely not feel the urge to applaud his return as Tong G got at Arrowhead in KC.

Brooking made a clear statement of what he thinks of Atlanta, the Falcons franchise and of its fans. There was nothing to apologize for and we should feel no need to offer anything in return other than what we got.


September 12th, 2012
12:14 pm

Keith who???


September 12th, 2012
12:27 pm

Brooking should be thankful for what the Falcons gave him, along with a trip to the Superbowl his rookie year…He made alot of tackles for the Falcons but most of them was 4 or 5 yards down the field…Over-rated if you ask me…

Keith Brookings

September 12th, 2012
12:35 pm

You fans are worthless. I’m going to ankle tackle your RB’s all night. Deal with it!

Charlie Dodd

September 12th, 2012
12:35 pm

Brooking will likely get many more boos than cheers on Monday if he even gets near a play. I assume he will keep us his specialty of jumping on the pile after the play is over. The best part of his childish antics when the Falcons played in Dallas was watching him complain about the Vikings showing a lack of class later that season in the playoffs. Talk about the kettle….


September 12th, 2012
12:37 pm

Brooking, unlike UGA, truly does play “Old Man Football”


September 12th, 2012
12:40 pm

Why does other teams fans troll our blogs???


September 12th, 2012
12:44 pm


September 12th, 2012
11:51 am
Wow, you guys are really upset about Brooking. A Bronco fan-just checking in on the conversation. You guys looked great last week in a tough place to play (as we know KC is) and it will be a tough game, but you aint playing Matt Cassel (one of the worst starting qbs in the league) this week.


Cassel had the 7th highest Total QB rating, P. Manning merely 4th. Matt Ryan was #1. If they put Brooking in on defense you can rest assured our high octane offense will burn him. Nobody’s upset about Brooking or wishes him ill will. He just showed a rather large lack of class on our stage in a game where he essentially did nothing. Put him in, there’s a good chance Brooking is gonna end up on his back side and it’s OK if we enjoy the moment!

Note to D.Led: “Brooking should be forgiven for his actions.” If Brooking seeks forgiveness from the Falcon Nation then I’ll forgive and forget. But as long as his attitude is “I ain’t apologizing to anybody.”, well then he can stick it.


September 12th, 2012
12:47 pm

We won’t hear his name until he drops into coverage and the Falcons get a first down, as in “… made the catch two steps ahead of Keith Brooking.”


September 12th, 2012
12:47 pm

Yeah, an ovation for ankle tackles 7 yards down field… Or how about a miss that lead to a go ahead touchdown in the playoffs. Whatever.

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Don't Care

September 12th, 2012
12:52 pm

I don’t see how this is blog worthy talking about K. Brooking. I am very indifferent towards this football player. The Falcons organization gave him a great send off. Just as the blog suggests, it was out of character for Brooking to display such trash-talking and taunting behavior but it shows how bitter the man is and his overall character. Football is a business Mr. Brooking and you shouldn’t take it personal and be mature about it (that’s asking alot out of a football player) especially how Falcons treated you with great care.


September 12th, 2012
12:55 pm

AP Power Rankings

1. New England Patriots (8) 1 0 0 378 2
2. San Francisco 49ers (1) 1 0 0 368 4
3. Baltimore Ravens (2) 1 0 0 357 5
4. Houston Texans (1) 1 0 0 336 6
5. Green Bay Packers 0 1 0 326 1
6. Denver Broncos 1 0 0 317 11
7. Atlanta Falcons 1 0 0 309 10
8. Chicago Bears 1 0 0 296 12
9. Dallas Cowboys 1 0 0 291 15
10. New York Giants 0 1 0 288 3
11. Pittsburgh Steelers 0 1 0 249 7
12. Philadelphia Eagles 1 0 0 246 8
13. Detroit Lions 1 0 0 240 13
14. New Orleans Saints 0 1 0 229 9
15. New York Jets 1 0 0 225 19
16. Washington Redskins 1 0 0 218 24
17. San Diego Chargers 1 0 0 211 16
18. Cincinnati Bengals 0 1 0 170 14
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 0 0 149 26
20. Arizona Cardinals 1 0 0 139 25
21. Kansas City Chiefs 0 1 0 130 17
22. Carolina Panthers 0 1 0 129 18
23. Tennessee Titans 0 1 0 125 21
24. Seattle Seahawks 0 1 0 110 22
25. Oakland Raiders 0 1 0 102 23
26. Minnesota Vikings 1 0 0 100 28
27. Buffalo Bills 0 1 0 89 20
28. St. Louis Rams 0 1 0 64 29
29. Jacksonville Jaguars 0 1 0 50 31
30. Cleveland Browns 0 1 0 40 32
31. Indianapolis Colts 0 1 0 34 27
32. Miami Dolphins 0 1 0 21 30

elvis the falcon fan

September 12th, 2012
1:05 pm

Welcome Back Brooking….most over-rated LB in Falcons history. I don’t believe that opposing offensive co-ordinators were scratching their heads over how to scheme against him when he was in his prime do you? <


September 12th, 2012
1:14 pm

Wow, look at those Aints way down the list on the power rankings.

What was it SuxThisB4 wrote just before he left (supposedly) for the game vs Redskins?
“Catch you miserable losers this evening!”

I wrote before the game “…..I say Aints take a RGIII hit in game 1……………..!!!”
And I write right now, Panthers defeat the Aints 30-27.

Mr. Hankey

September 12th, 2012
1:30 pm

I plan on booing the crap out of him. Screw Brooking and his bitter feelings or whatever his problem was in 2008. He doesn’t desreve in further good feelings from us. What a jackass. Hell, he wasn’t that good in the first placei IMO and he literally cost up the playoff game against the Cards.

Hey, jerkface, remember third and 17? I’ll probably be hanging the bird at you, too.


September 12th, 2012
1:52 pm

My seats are right near the visitor’s tunnel and I always boo the opposing team. I’ll have and extra ‘booooo’ for Mr. Brooking.


September 12th, 2012
2:09 pm

Man forget 3rd and 13 Brooking!!! He fell for a terrible play action and blew it for us in the playoffs in 08!


September 12th, 2012
2:18 pm

forgive him for his actions :) child please. ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.


September 12th, 2012
2:29 pm

He’s a competitive guy ….nothing wrong with that…..I like his emotion……I hope he gets a round of applause, but I hope he gets burned come game time…!!!!

The Truth

September 12th, 2012
2:34 pm

I plan on booing Pile-Jumper is he ever makes it into the game, and I ain’t apologizing to anybody

True ATL Fan

September 12th, 2012
2:46 pm

Again I must point out that we passed on RANDY MOSS to select this Pile-Jumping jackass. Even though he’s from the country, you would think that a “hometown kid” would at least be classy when he returned. And honestly, he was never really any good when he was here. Jessie Tuggle made him look good. Would rather see No Play Ray return honestly.


September 12th, 2012
3:06 pm

Boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Pile Jumper! Boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo