On Wednesday, the nature of that emergency was revealed: According to a release from Brooks' family — as initially reported by Jacques Doucet of Baton Rouge TV station WAFB9 — the fifth-year player and Arkansas transfer required surgery on Friday to remove a "large brain tumor." The procedure was a success, though he, his family and LSU football are still awaiting his biopsy results.
LSU football has since confirmed the veracity of the statement, seen below:
The family of @LSUfootball Greg Brooks Jr. shares he had a large brain tumor that required emergency surgery.
"Greg continues to fight and we await further clarity of that battle." #LSU pic.twitter.com/30KtGZ2qss
— Jacques Doucet (@JacquesDoucet) September 20, 2023
REQUIRED READING: Greg Brooks Jr. had emergency surgery to remove 'large brain tumor'
No. 13 LSU plays Arkansas on Saturday in a game that likely would have had a significant emotional impact on Brooks, who played for the Razorbacks from 2019-21. But the serious nature of his health has put aside the rivalry as fans from LSU, Arkansas and the college football world at large send the defensive back support and well wishes.
LSU released a tweet following its 41-14 victory saying the win was for Brooks. On Monday, Arkansas coach Sam Pittman said he and his players were praying for the former Razorback.
"I want to start out talking about Greg Brooks," Pittaman said Monday during his weekly news conference (before the nature of his health was reported). "I'm not positive what is going on with him, but they talked about a medical emergency. Greg was a wonderful kid when he was here and did a great job for us.
Here are some of the reactions to Brooks' health update on Wednesday:
College football reactions to Greg Brooks health update
— Lonn Phillips Sullivan (@LonnPhillips) September 20, 2023
— Mik’d Up (@Mikdup_8) September 20, 2023
This is scary stuff. Prayers up for Greg Brooks. https://t.co/ryB6ba6fWA
— Andrew Hutchinson (@NWAHutch) September 20, 2023
According to a statement from his family, former Arkansas (and current LSU) DB Greg Brooks Jr has been diagnosed with a large brain tumor.
Brooks had emergency surgery and the family is waiting to see if the tumor was successfully removed.
Thoughts and prayers go out to Greg… pic.twitter.com/rrP7kzUMgA
— Sidelines - Arkansas (@SSN_Arkansas) September 20, 2023
Scary stuff. Glad the surgery was successful. Thoughts and prayers for Greg Brooks and his family https://t.co/yzJgzGgjGm
— John Nabors (@BuzzJohnNabors) September 20, 2023
— The Jordy Culotta Show (@CulottaShow) September 20, 2023
Praying for former Hog Greg Brooks Jr. and his family. https://t.co/rmAiqkhcYp
— Mason Choate (@ChoateMason) September 20, 2023
— Mike Scarborough (@ScarboroughMike) September 20, 2023
Going forward 100% of the profits of any Greg Brooks poster or sticker will go to him. I pray over the medical team and pray this is not the end of his football story. #prayfor3 https://t.co/LIkd3dE5yc
— The Athletic Collection-LSU (@lsutac) September 20, 2023
That is terrible. Thoughts and prayers go out to Greg Brooks and his family during this difficult time. https://t.co/7CWVPfQfO3
— Jace LeJeune (@JaceLejeune) September 20, 2023
This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Greg Brooks health: LSU, Arkansas, college football wish Tiger DB well