Former Skins player Brooks dies

Former Redskins defensive lineman Perry Brooks, the father of 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks, passed away last Monday. He was 55.

Brooks played for the Redskins from 1977-84 and he had 5.5 sacks in his final season with the club. According to friends, he remained a huge fan of the team and helped lay the foundation for his son's NFL career.

"He was one of those parents that was very supportive," said Bill Brown, who coached Ahmad at Hylton High School in Woodbridge, Va. "He was always so personable. Everything was always positive with Mr. Brooks. He was 100 percent behind us at Hylton."

Here's a story about Brooks on the team Web site. Brooks was part of the Skins' Super Bowl XVII championship team. After his playing days were over, he became a car salesman. I noticed that some folks who purchased cars from Brooks had some really nice things to say about him.