On this day in Packers history … Aaron Brooks

July 31, 2000, fourteen years ago, the Green Bay Packers traded backup quarterback to the New Orleans Saints.

Remember Ol’ Aaron?

He was one of those backups who had their turn standing in the shadows of Brett Favre, so he wasn’t alone in that department.

I don’t know if you’ve ever taken a spin over to packerstoday.com, you should. Each day, the site is updated with tidbits about that particular day in Green Bay Packers history.

It’s pretty cool.

Here is how they described this particular day:

July 31, 2000 – Aaron Brooks has never thrown a pass in an NFL regular season game, but he’s in demand nonetheless. The New Orleans Saints send a third-round pick and linebacker K.D. Williams to the Packers for Brooks and tight end Lamont Hall. The Saints’ gamble on the Packers’ backup pays off. Brooks becomes a full-time starter in 2001 and plays six seasons in New Orleans.

Brooks was a solid quarterback for the Saints, leading them to some big wins and excellent seasons during his six years there.

He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 4th round (131st overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft and ended up throwing for more than 19,000 yards. That despite the fact that he had an overall losing record. He also ran for 1,410 yards. He was 38-44 in New Orleans.

But hey! At least he had a shot at some playing time and thrived for a short time in the NFL.

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