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COLUMBUS, GA, Dec. 22, 2016 -- Columbus Lions Head Coach and Director of Football Operations Jason Gibson today announced the signing of defensive back Derrius Brooks to the Lions’ 2017 roster, straight off a year spent with two Canadian Football League teams.

Brooks, a former Harris County H.S. (Hamilton, GHA) and Western Kentucky standout, has been with the Cincinnati Bengals, New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League, as well as the CFL Calgary Stampeders, Saskatchewan Rough Riders and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in his five-year professional career.

Gibson said of Brooks “The first thing that jumps off the table about Derrius is his NFL “Pro Day” 40 (yard dash) time of 4.29. That kind of speed is rare to find. Derrius will bring a professional football resume to Columbus with a lot of experience playing the game at a high level. We pride ourselves that practice is more competitive than the games, and he’ll raise the level even more. With the retirement of the best DB to ever play arena football in Damian Daniels, we’re trying to bring in true professionals to fill the void, which won’t be an easy task. Derrius’ status as a local product of Harris County is significant, too.”

Brooks signed with Cincinnati in May of 2012 as an undrafted free agent. Signed by Calgary to play that summer, he appeared in 20 games over the 2012-13 CFL seasons, recording 50 tackles, 9 special teams tackles and 5 interceptions.

In January 2014, Brooks was signed by New Orleans, and spent the entire NFL season on Tampa Bay’s practice squad. Inactive in 2015, he signed this past January with Saskatchewan, and was picked up by Hamilton in October for the Ti-Cats’ playoff drive. He played in three games before a season-ending injury.

The Lions are founding members of the new National Arena League, with play beginning Friday, March 17 at 7 p.m. against the 2011 Arena Football League champion Jacksonville Sharks at the Columbus Civic Center. Call 706-322-3336 for ticket packages and advertising information. Visit www.columbuslions.net and www.nationalarenaleague.com.

CONTACT: JASON GIBSON @ 706-322-3336 X-803 or jason@columbuslions.net

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