WATERVILLE, Maine -- Colby College assistant football coach Jason Brooks spent part of a third straight summer learning from an NFL coaching staff as part of the Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship program.
Brooks spent three weeks working as an intern with the Chicago Bears. He worked with the Indianapolis Colts last summer and with the Miami Dolphins in 2016.
"I worked with Bears' defensive line coach Jay Rodgers during practice and meetings, but also was able to spend a lot of time with the defensive staff as a whole," said Brooks, who coaches the defensive line for the Mules. "I had the opportunity to coach the players during practice, meetings, and also had the chance to learn and cultivate numerous relationships."
Brooks, who will enter his second year at Colby this fall, applied for the program during the winter.
"It is a phenomenal experience, working daily in an NFL learning laboratory," Colby head coach Jack Cosgrove said. "You are exposed to all of the planning, organizing, delegation of responsibilities, and the evaluation that goes into an NFL practice."
Brooks has plenty of NFL experience after working with the Baltimore Ravens as an offensive assistant and offensive quality control from 2009 to 2013. He worked mainly with wide receivers and running backs with the Ravens, who won the Super Bowl in 2012.
Brooks, a scouting assistant for the Dolphins in 2007-2008, worked with Miami's tight ends during his 2016 internship. Brooks worked with the defensive line last summer with the Colts.
"There were a lot of ideas, both on and off the field, that I think we can definitely talk about here at Colby," Brooks said.