Where Are They Now?
By Charlie Taylor
Former GSU cross-country runner Scott Brooks after the 2010 Madison Half-Marathon in Madison, Wis.
Sundays are big days for former GSU cross-country runner Scott Brooks (B.A. '00). As director of game entertainment for the NFL's St. Louis Rams, it's his job to make sure the more than 65,000 fans who pack the Edward Jones Dome have a good time.
“I can't guarantee wins, but I can guarantee fans will be entertained,” Brooks said.
Now in his third year with the Rams, Brooks is responsible for the creative direction, concept and approach for the team's game day experience. Brooks was a Dean's List student-athlete at GSU. In 2000, he finished 16th in the conference championship cross-country meet as one of the Panthers' top runners.
“Running at Georgia State and spending those hours in practice, you create lifelong friendships and really get to know your fellow students,” he said.
Brooks began his career as an intern with the Atlanta Thrashers of the NHL. That led to a full-time position with the Atlanta Spirit Group in game day entertainment, where he worked until 2007.
He moved on to head the Washington Capitals' game entertainment area. While in D.C., Brooks won two Golden Matrix Awards for “Best Opening Video” and “Best In-Game Feature,” in competition with all professional sports teams.
In June of 2009, he found his next opportunity with the NFL and the Rams.
Brooks, his wife, Emily, and their son, Logan, reside in the St. Louis suburb of St. Charles, Mo., where he does his best to keep up with Panther athletics.
“I keep up online and, with football, I know it is a truly exciting time for all the current students and all us former students. I am proud to wear my blue and white.”