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Monday, December 13, 2010
Keith Brooking isn't ready to retire

By Tim MacMahon

IRVING, Texas – Linebacker Keith Brooking only has 140 games to go to equal Brett Favre’s NFL ironman record.

That obviously isn’t going to happen. But the 35-year-old Brooking hopes he can play at least one more season.

“I feel like I’ve got something left in the tank,” Brooking said. “I can contribute to a team in some capacity, but you don’t look too far ahead in this league.”

Brooking, who has one season remaining on his contract with the Cowboys, was reluctant to discuss the subject of his future. His sole focus is on finishing this season strong. But he also acknowledged that the decision on whether he plays next year might not be his to make.

First of all, there might not be an NFL season due to the league’s labor issues. There’s also a possibility that the Cowboys could opt to part ways with their inspirational captain and promote Sean Lee to the starting lineup, which might leave Brooking looking for another team.