49er Ahmad Brooks: Then and now

Meet the $44.5 million-dollar man who plays for the San Francisco 49ers, linebackerAhmad Brooks. Some college football players dream of being picked early in the first two rounds of the National Football League Draft. Some college football players are not that fortunate. Before you shed a tear for them, get familiar with Ahmad Brooks. He played college football at the University of Virginia, and was eventually dismissed from the team due to injuries and off-field problems. When Brooks entered the supplemental Draft after his junior season at Virginia, he got picked by the Bengals. After one season he was waived by the Bengals and then the 49ers claimed him. Brooks worked really hard to earn his spot on the field and he kept himself healthy. This gave him the opportunity to cash in on a huge contract extension with $17.5 million guaranteed. –dawn montgomery

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