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Happy birthday, Papa Brooks

On this day in 1941, a UK football and Twitter legend was born: Rich Brooks. As a lover of Kentucky football, tomatoes, and being jealous of other people’s Twitpics, let me be the first of many to say, “Happy Birthday, Papa.”

In honor of Papa’s 71st birthday, here’s a brief list of my favorite Rich Brooks moments:

5) The “Kragthorpe, how’s my a—— taste?” Rap

If you don’t know, you just don’t know. Bonus points if you still have the t-shirt.

4) The Zoolander Gif

Sure, he may not have had anything to do with it directly, but this is too awesome not to make the list.

3) Happy trails, indeed

I don’t think anyone has enjoyed retirement more than Rich and his wife, Karen. After leaving Lexington, the two have pretty much lived the ideal retiree life, building houses all over the west coast, golfing, fishing, traveling, and hanging out with old friends. Thankfully for you and me, he likes to document it on Twitter. Here’s a particularly jovial shot of him and his old pal former BYU head coach LaVell Edwards:

Tell me they’re not having a blast.

2) The Tomato Tweets

Rich Brooks truly became “Papa Brooks” back in May 2009 when he started using his Twitter page as a virtual farmers’ log, tweeting the status of his tomato garden to followers to and fro. True to Twitter newbie form, his first tweets even included some typos, in my mind, a result of him trying to type on his iPhone with his gardening gloves still on:

“Planted some tomatos yesterday and can’t wait for them to start. I love fresh tomatos.”

Three years later, the tomato garden may have moved to Oregon, but it’s still going strong (we hope).

1) The Chest Bump

After Lones “Emo” Seiber hit a kickoff into the endzone against Louisville back on September 21, 2009, Brooks had something ready for him on the sideline. No, not a handshake or a pat on the back; those are far too tame for Papa B, who channeled a man decades younger and hit Seiber with a mid-air chest bump:

“I looked over and saw coach Brooks start running and tapping his chest. I was like, ‘Wait. Does he really want a chest bump right now?'” Seiber told Larry Vaught. AM News’ Clay Jackson was the only photographer to capture the infamous image, which is hopefully a full-size mural in the Nutter Training Center by now.

Here’s hoping that between golfing with Josh Teater, fishing in Wyoming, and hobnobbing with celebs, Papa makes an appearance in Commonwealth Stadium this fall.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

13 Comments for Happy birthday, Papa Brooks



  1. tom
    4:12 pm August 20, 2012 Permalink

    The chest bump was awesome. So was the overtime win against #1 LSU



  2. BrewBalance
    4:18 pm August 20, 2012 Permalink

    In Papaw we trust.



  3. Jessdogky
    4:38 pm August 20, 2012 Permalink

    He is a great American.



  4. Pu
    4:45 pm August 20, 2012 Permalink

    I can’t believe I’ve never seen that GIF! HILARIOUS!!



  5. kes
    4:52 pm August 20, 2012 Permalink

    love papaw! wish he were still here



  6. matt
    4:56 pm August 20, 2012 Permalink

    My favorite Papaw Brooks moment was at halftime of a home game in 2009. The clock operator had messed up and cost us a chance to kick a field goal near the end of the half. Dick Gabriel interviewed Papaw as they walked off the field – he had a classic rant about getting jobbed by the friggin clock operator. It was total hilarity and classic Papaw.



  7. Pu
    5:10 pm August 20, 2012 Permalink

    5. I bet Joker feels the same way… I know I do



  8. Tomatoes
    5:15 pm August 20, 2012 Permalink

    I love coach Brooks. He loved this program. I miss him everyday. It just felt like everything was gonna be okay when he was here. Man he used to get fired up!



  9. Wilder Treadway
    5:55 pm August 20, 2012 Permalink

    Can’t stop laughing at the Zoolander gif hahahahahahaha #gold



  10. Memphis Raines
    5:58 pm August 20, 2012 Permalink

    Whats up with the money w/ eyes in the GIF??



  11. Lisa from the Burg
    9:03 pm August 20, 2012 Permalink

    When did pawpaw get a bionic hand to drink his brew!?!?!! I would have sent a Get Well Soon card after the surgery.



  12. Scotty B
    2:36 am August 21, 2012 Permalink

    MrsTyler this is the post post I’ve seen in a while! The Zoolander gif is priceless and timeless. THe KSR body Issue kills me everytime. Well done!



  13. theWilkman
    10:15 am August 21, 2012 Permalink

    10 – I think it’s in reference to that Geico commercial popular at the time. Had that song, “Somebody’s Watchin’ Me” that everyone thought was sung by Michael Jackson