Prague Lions sign veteran defensive lineman James Brooks
The Prague Lions signed their fourth and final US-import. James Brooks is a seasoned veteran, who played on the highest level of college football, in Japan and in Europe.
Highly touted high school player
Brooks was a highly recruited three-star prospect out of high school. The Flagstaff, Arizona native was a two-way player for his high school, earning first-team All-Region and All-City honors. He caught 24 passes for 663 yards and five touchdowns while also racking up 59 tackles, 15 sacks and 12 pass deflections. But those statistics where not a fluke, since he had similar stats during his junior season. In the end, the talented defensive end committed to play for Arizona State University.
After redshirting his freshman season, Brooks played in 11 games in his freshman season, recording double-digit tackles along with 3.5 TFL and 1.5 sacks. Brooks improved even further over the next two seasons, setting new career highs in tackles and sacks, before leaving the team after the 2010 season, due to personal reasons.
The former high school star made his way to Germany in 2013, where he played for the Cologne Falcons, before playing for Poznan Kozly in Poland. Brooks joined IBM Big Blue in the Japanese X-League in 2014. His time in Japan was very successful, as he earned seven All X-League team selections from 2014-2022. Besides that, the American also played for the Prague Lions in 2016 and 2018. Now, Brooks will join the Lions for a third time, hoping to have an impact on the team’s first season in the European League of Football.
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“His play making ability and leadership will be big for us”
Prague’s coaching staff is more than happy to have their new import under contract. Lions Defensive Coordinator Dan Disch is excited about what Brooks is bringing to the table – not only as a player. “James is a great addition for the Lions as we transition into the European League of Football – not only is he a great player – but he is a coach on the field. His playmaking ability and leadership will be big for us.”
Head Coach Zach Harrod is looking forward to the reunion with his former player: “I’m so excited to work with James again, not only because he will be a force on the field, but because we have our sights on so much more than just what will be on the field. It has been a huge boost for our program transitioning to the European League of Football having a guy with the experience and passion that James has. I’m thankful for this move and wishing all those QBs out there much luck versus him, he’s ready to hunt! “