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Pirates Sign Second Running Back for 2021

January 11, 2021 - Indoor Football League (IFL) - Massachusetts Pirates News Release

WORCESTER, MA. - Shannon Brooks has been signed by the Massachusetts Pirates for next season. Brooks (6'0", 215 lbs.) had the chance to speak with about the next step in his football career.

"I have to thank God. I had prayed the night before and had an open vision. The next day, I got a call from the Pirates. I'm beyond excited to put the pads on again."

Brooks marks the second running back Pirates president and general manager Jawad Yatim has brought aboard for 2021. Yatim believes Brooks will mesh well with Justin Stockton in the backfield, who was signed in October 2020.

"I believe Shannon's style of play is a nice compliment to what Justin brings to our backfield. He's more of a downhill, physical runner who embraces contact and should keep our offense ahead of the chains. In saying that, however, he does have the ability to make you miss in the open field and take it the distance as he's shown at Minnesota. Off the field he's shown just how mentally tough he is by enduring what he has and battling back the way he has as well, it's impressive and is a testament to his character. Glad to have Shannon aboard." Brooks played 38 career games for the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Brooks comes to Massachusetts with no prior football experience at the professional level. He last played college football at the University of Minnesota in 2019 and spent four-plus seasons on the field there (2015-2019). In his college career, Brooks rushed for 2,290 yards, totaled 22 touchdowns, and averaged 5.3 yards per carry. He was named All-Big Ten Honorable Mention in 2015 and finished as Minnesota's twelfth all-time rushing leader. Brooks was a captain every year while at Minnesota and is a native of Austell, Georgia.

The Massachusetts Pirates are members of the Indoor Football League (IFL). The Pirates play all home games at the DCU Center located at 50 Foster St. Worcester, MA. 01608. For more information on the Massachusetts Pirates please call (508) 452-MASS (6277), email or visit Single-game tickets are available online at or the DCU Center Box Office. For season, half-season, luxury, or group ticket packages please call 508-452-MASS (6277). Follow the Pirates on Facebook via, Instagram @mass.pirates, and Twitter @mass_pirates. #GetHooked #AllAboard

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