He called himself the King of Men and his foes "pencil-neck geeks." Professional wrestling's most alluring villain was still ranting at ringside this year.
The promising IRL driver seemed destined for stardom when he signed with Chip Ganassi—a dream job. Three weeks later he died in a wreck in Indianapolis.
Did he believe in miracles? No. He believed in hard work, relentless honesty, creative hockey and America. The U.S.'s win over the Soviet Union in the '80 Olympics made him famous, but Brooks was a hockey visionary, the best America has produced.