Brookstone Stadium Name Revealed
Brookstone is excited to announce the naming of the new athletic stadium in honor of Brookstone alumnus and legendary Brookstone football player Mack Strong, Class of 1989.
“Mack Strong exemplifies the core values that Brookstone School is committed to build in its students: loyalty, courage, wisdom, honor, service, respect, and leadership,” said Board Chair Billy Blanchard. “A common theme when people talk about Mack is his strength of character along with his athletic talents. Going forward, the Mack Strong Stadium will serve as a reminder of the goals set for the Brookstone athletic program and as a tribute to the player whose life embodies those values.”
Mack Strong was a member of the 1987 football team that advanced to the GHSA State Championship. He rushed for 4,414 yards and scored 83 touchdowns in four seasons at Brookstone before graduating in 1989. Mack’s Brookstone number, 22, is one of two football jerseys retired at Brookstone and displayed in Brookstone’s Cheves Athletic Center.
Mack was recruited by teams all over the South, and in 1989, he opted to sign with the University of Georgia Bulldogs. In his four years as a fullback in Athens, Strong amassed 1,210 yards rushing and receiving and scored 10 touchdowns.
Mack went on to have an active playing career in the NFL playing fullback for the Seattle Seahawks for over fourteen years. Mack was a two-time Pro Bowl player. He was recognized many times for both his playing ability and his strength of character; he was the recipient of the Unsung Hero Award (2001, 2002), the Ed Block Courage Award (2001), and the Steve Largent Award (2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006). The Steve Largent Award is voted on by players and given annually by the Seattle Seahawks to the team contributor(s) best exemplifying the spirit, dedication, and integrity of former Seahawk wide receiver Steve Largent.
Mack Strong Stadium will be etched in the masonry above the stadium entrance. This new stadium reflects Brookstone’s commitment to athletic excellence. It includes a much larger grandstand for both the home and visitors stands. The new press box, approximately double in size, offers better visibility for the PA announcers, coaches, and media, including Brookstone’s Cougar Live, a student-run game streaming broadcast. An expanded concession stand with plaza space allows for outdoor gathering and eating. The expanded track has 8 lanes allowing Brookstone to host regional and state meets.
A special ceremony has been set for the Cougars’ home opener on September 16 where Mack Strong will be honored during the halftime ceremony.