Tacos helped Eagles’ Brandon Brooks get back to his ideal playing weight

PHILADELPHIA — Taco Bell seems to change its menu around a lot, taking some popular menu items away, such as the Mexican Pizza, not only disappointing people craving Tex-Mex at 1 a.m., but an Eagles offensive lineman trying to gain weight after suffering a season-ending injury.

Guard Brandon Brooks shared what he had to go through after practice Monday. Brooks said he had to drop down to 285 pounds to recover from the Achilles injury that he suffered before last season’s training camp, causing him to miss the 2020 campaign. Needing to get back up his ideal playing weight of 330, Brooks had to change his diet.

“I had some time,” Brooks said. “It wasn’t in a matter of a month, so I had to not eat as healthy as I did. I put a little bit of Taco Bell back in there. That’s my favorite, so a little bit of that here and there. Eating a lot more and making sure that the weight you do put back on is good weight.”

Brooks would visit a Taco Bell but had to change his usual order.

“I used to love the Mexican pizzas, but they took it off the menu,” Brooks said. “I was deeply hurt about that. I just went in there and got some tacos. I’d get the party pack. 12 tacos. Eat six one day and six the next.”

Brooks’ tweaked diet worked, and he was able to get to 330 pounds.


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During his rehab, Brooks was able to add some more muscle. Brooks shared a photo on Instagram in July 2020 showing his progress. Brooks said that he received several texts from people around the league, some who truly could not believe he could have that physique without some help.

“Arian Foster said that if you get popped for steroids, I’m going to laugh at you,” Brooks said. “I know there were some people who thought that I had some extra help, but I did get three drug tests right after that. I passed those, so it is all good.”

The Eagles could have success running the ball behind Brooks if he can return to the level of play that earned him three Pro Bowl selections and one of the best guards in the league. In 2019, the last season Brooks played, Pro Football Focus ranked him as the best run-blocking guard in the league and fifth in pass blocking.

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