BOILING SPRINGS – Former Gardner-Webb All-America receiver and Athletics Hall of Famer Cameron Brooks passed away Tuesday, June 13, at the age of 55.
Brooks was one of the first standouts at the receiver position at Gardner-Webb, starring from 1980-1983 for the Runnin' Bulldogs. He earned All-SAC 8 honors three times (1980, 1982, 1983) and finished his career with 176 catches for 2,134 yards and 19 touchdowns.
Brooks' reception total remains sixth in program history and he remains ranked in the top-10 in Gardner-Webb history in receiving yards and touchdown catches. The Gaffney, S.C., native graduated from Gardner-Webb in 1986.
His junior season was his best, as Brooks hauled in 71 catches for 938 yards and eight touchdowns. He earned first-team All-SAC 8 honors and was named an NAIA All-America selection following the 1982 season.
Brooks caught 45 passes for 542 yards and five scores as a senior in 1983, also earning first-team All-SAC 8 honors and NAIA All-America laurels. He burst onto the scene quickly as a freshman in 1980, catching 46 passes for 469 yards and three scores – earning a second-team All-SAC 8 spot.
Brooks played for coaches Tom Moore (1980-1982) and Ellis Johnson (1983) during his time in Spangler Stadium, helping Gardner-Webb to a strong 7-3 mark as a junior in 1982. That included a 5-2 mark against SAC 8 foes and a third-place finish in the league standings.