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Whenever Brooking retires, he’d like for it to be on his own terms.

But he knows it doesn’t always work out that way for warrior-types like himself. Guys keep thinking they can play until no team agrees.

“It’s just the way we’re made up _ as men, as players,” he said. “It’s part of what’s gotten every guy in this locker room here and made this team. Football is very high up on my priority list. But football doesn’t define me. I’m prepared. I’ve been blessed. I have no regrets.”

He also expects to have a second career _ in sports media. He jokes about taking reporters’ jobs when he retires.

“It’s all in due time,” he said, smiling. “Y’all don’t get too nervous right now.”