Star-Bulletin Sports

Friday, April 2, 1999

R A I N B O W _ F O O T B A L L

UH loses
linebacker to

With Rinda Brooks' history
of concussions, the medical staff
decided playing would be
too much of a risk

By Paul Arnett


Rinda Brooks has been released from the team, Hawaii head coach June Jones confirmed after yesterday's practice.

The talented outside linebacker underwent tests on Tuesday to see what effects he had from several concussions he suffered last year.

It was determined by the UH medical staff that it would be risky for Brooks to continue playing football, so Jones opted to place him on medical leave.

"He has a concussion deal and that's not something you fool around with," Jones said. "He told me he's had several before, including one where he blacked out on the field.

"I told him it's not worth it. And to be honest, I didn't want that on my conscience. I'm sure he wants to play, but the best thing for him is to probably hang them up and get on with life."

The Houston resident received a medical hardship this past season, which gave him a third year of eligibility. He pulled his hamstring a couple of weeks before fall camp. It slowed him somewhat, but he was still able to play early on.

Former Hawaii head coach Fred vonAppen opted to use the junior college transfer on a limited basis in three games last year. He finished with five tackles.

The 1997 season, Brooks played in 10 games. He finished with 25 tackles, including one sack. He also had one fumble recovery.

"From what I hear, he had a lot of potential," Jones said. "So, it's unfortunate. But in the long run, I think we're making the right decision for us and him."

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