William Eldridge (Bucky) Brooks, Jr. (born January 22, 1971 in Raleigh, North Carolina) is a sportswriter covering the National Football League for Sports Illustrated and a former professional football player. He played for 5 NFL teams in a 5-year career, primarily as a kick returner. Brooks is in his sixth season as an analyst for NFL Network and NFL.com. He contributes weekly columns, as well as video features including ‘Scout’s Take’ and ‘On the Beat’ on NFL.com, and offers interactive analysis on the latest NFL topics and headlines with weekly live online chats. For the 2010 season, Brooks returned as an analyst for Thursday Night Football, NFL.com’s in-game coverage of the Network’s eight live, regular season game broadcasts. NFL.com/LIVE: Thursday Night Football presents a live show throughout the game including “live look ins” of the game, reports from the field and highlights.