Each week during the college football season we will feature a player who is an officer for an Uplifting Athletes Chapter for our Beyond the Trophy series.
Name: DeCalon Brooks
College: Florida State University
Height, weight, class, position: 5-10, 209-pound, redshirt sophomore, linebacker
High School: Gaither High School in Tampa, Fla.
About DeCalon: Became an impact player for the Seminoles as a redshirt freshman in 2018 by appearing in 11 games and making seven starts. Earned ACC Linebacker of the Week for his stellar career day against Louisville. DeCalon is the son of Derrick Brooks, a member of the NFL and Florida State Hall of Fame. This season he has appeared in 11 games and has 15 tackles. When the FSU program went through a transition of leadership, DeCalon Brooks stepped forward and took a leadership role in helping Uplifting Athletes remain a part of the Seminoles’ program. The Tampa native attended the 2019 Leadership Development Conference and was inspired by the rare disease cause and the programming to make something happen. This summer Florida State held a Lift For Life after a one-year absence on the calendar and Brooks, the President of the FSU Chapter, played an instrumental role in making the event to support the Rare Disease Community happen.
What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?
BROOKS: Getting my first sack against Louisville in 2018.
What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes?
BROOKS: I wanted to join when I heard Uplifting Athlete helps fund research for diseases and it is a great way to serve the community and collaborate with different teams.
What have you learned from your experience with Uplifting Athletes?
BROOKS: I learned it is really bigger than football and that we can use our platform to better other people’s lives.
What advice would you share with someone in high school looking to play college football?
BROOKS: I would tell them if they didn’t play a down of football, what college would they go to? Because you are going to spend the next 3-4 years of your life at college. So you want to make sure that university will better you academically, athletically and as a man.
Who is your favorite NFL player and why?
BROOKS: Von Miller is one of my favorite players. He has a lot of passion for the game and it shows on the field.
DECALON ON THE HOT SEAT
What is your perfect pizza?
All time favorite movie?
BROOKS: New Jack City
What is your go-to fast food restaurant?
Favorite sports team (any sport)?
BROOKS: In basketball it’s the Heat, and in football the Bucs
What is the most used app on your phone?