Alumni & Parent Programs

William Brooks M.B.A. '96

Hilton Ultimus Brown Alumni Achievement Award, 2000

Bill Brooks grew up in Roxbury, Mass., a suburb of Boston. A standout at Framingham North High School in both basketball and football, Brooks accepted a football scholarship to attend Boston University in 1982. Brooks started at Boston University for four years, setting school career records that remain unsurpassed.

In 1986, Bill was the fourth-round draft pick of the Indianapolis Colts. In his rookie season, Bill caught for the second most yards in a single season by a Colts player. In his seven seasons with the Colts, Bill caught more career passes for the most yards gained by any receiver in Colts history, except for Raymond Barry of the Baltimore Colts. In 1992, Bill was nominated by the NFL Players' Association for the Whizzer White Award, a national tribute to the players most esteemed by their peers for their contributions on and off the field.

In 1993, Bill became a free agent and signed a three-year contract with the Buffalo Bills. In his first year, he made a trip to the Super Bowl. In the 1995 season, Bill turned in the season of his life, catching 11 touchdown passes-the most in a single season by any Buffalo Bills player in history-and he was selected as an alternate to the 1996 Pro-Bowl Team.

All totaled, Bill has played in 154 games over 10 seasons in the NFL, catching 566 passes for 7,777 yards and 46 touchdowns.

In 1999, the Colts were fortunate enough to snag Bill to work the other side of the game. As director of community development and player relations, he has played a vital role in the ever-strengthening relationship between Indianapolis and the Colts.

His own community service contributions are innumerable. He has acted as official spokesperson for College Goal Sunday, a statewide college financial-aid assistance program. In addition, he has been spokesperson and/or keynote speaker for Yes to School No to Drugs , 21st Century Scholars Program, United Way, Big Brothers, Big Sisters and several community youth sports programs, just to name a few.

Bill received a masters degree in business administration from Butler University in 1996. He served on the College of Business Administration's Board of Visitors from 1994-1996. He received a Sagamore of the Wabash award in 1990. Bill and his wife, Holly, have a daughter, Brianna.

In the pioneering and indomitable spirit of Hilton Ultimus Brown, Bill's professional and personal accomplishments have affected a vast community of people. A positive role model for youth and peers alike, Bill continues to give back, reach out and make a difference.

Updated 2000