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:
Last night at the western night here with old friend LaVell Edwards having a good time telling stories. twitter.com/UKcoachbrooks/…
— Rich Brooks (@UKcoachbrooks) May 30, 2012
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).
Planted tomatoes yesterday. Also have rhubarb in the garden. Hope we do not have a late freeze.
— Rich Brooks (@UKcoachbrooks) May 9, 2012
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.