To kick off our Atlanta Chiefs web series this week, atlantasilverbacks.com caught up with former Chiefs midfielder Adrian Brooks, who will be one of the men honored at halftime on Atlanta Chiefs Legacy Night this Saturday.
1. When were you involved with the Atlanta Chiefs? Were you a player or coach?
“The Chiefs selected me with the #1 overall pick in the 1978 NASL Draft. I played for the Chiefs as a midfielder from 1978 -1980, wearing jersey number 16.”
2. Where are you originally from?
“The United Kingdom.”
3. When you were with the Chiefs, where in Atlanta did you play your games?
“We initially played at Fulton County Stadium, and then when we began playing indoor soccer, the team played at the Omni Coliseum downtown.”
4. What were the highlights of your Chiefs career on and off the field?
“On the field, it was playing against the New York Cosmos and all of their stars. My highlight off the field was being able to promote soccer at a grassroots level.”
5. What made the Chiefs organization special?
“The organization had a great front office staff, headed up by Dick Cecil, who was the Vice President of the Atlanta Braves.”
6. As a league, what was the original NASL like?
“The standard of play was great, and the league was home to some exceptional players.”
7. How much support did the team receive from the city of Atlanta and its soccer fans?
“It was great. There was a very hardcore group of soccer fans that were really into promoting the game in America.”
8. What makes Atlanta a special place to play/coach professional sports?
“The city always has a friendly atmosphere to it, and all of their sports teams are first class organizations.”
9. What are you up to now?
“I’m currently a Key Account Manager for Adidas, and I live in Peachtree City with my wife, Donna, and my two boys, Bailey (9) and Carson (17). I met Donna while playing for the Chiefs.”
10. What does it mean to you that the Silverbacks are hosting Atlanta Chiefs Legacy Night to honor the history of the organization and its players and coaches?
“Boris [Jerkunica] was part of the Chiefs legacy as he watched, played and coached against most of the Atlanta Chiefs. I very much appreciate his efforts to acknowledge the history of soccer here in Atlanta. It’s a very nice touch!”