Greg Brooks Jr. health: LSU, Arkansas, college football react to news of Tiger DB's surgery

LSU safety Greg Brooks Jr. missed the Tigers' Week 3 game at Mississippi State with what second-year coach Brian Kelly called at the time a "medical emergency."

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:

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

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