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Rob Brooks remembers father after the legendary Bob Brooks dies

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

At the age of 89, well-known Iowa broadcaster Bob Brooks has died.

Brooks covered many high school sports and University of Iowa football games, with a career of more than 70 years, he never retired.

"I think he would have been the type of person that if he had gone somewhere else, his mind would always be here. You know, how did Iowa do on Saturday? What's going on? And I think that kind of prevented him from doing some of those things," says Rob Brooks, his son.

Despite opportunities in larger media markets, the talented Bob Brooks always chose to stay in his home state.

His son tells me at 12-years-old, he remembers going to sporting events often with his dad.

"My dad saw Reggie Jackson out of the corner of his eye go into this other room, and he just told me, he goes hey stay in this corner right here, and then he just looked around and slipped into that door."

He says his father would push the limits from time to time and it would pay off.

"He picks up the Kansas City Star Newspaper, not in the front of the sports but the front page of the paper and there he is a one-on-one interview with Reggie Jackson, the caption was unidentified reporter and Reggie Jackson," Rob Brooks told us.

He says for his father, his job was not a job at all.

Brooks continued to travel until the end, the last Hawkeye football game he saw was at the Rose Bowl.

He was known for using an old tape recorder despite changing technology.

His son says he was more comfortable with the recorder and if he would have shown up with a cell phone or a digital recorder, he would have raised a few eyebrows.

An impactful life, his family says they didn't see his death coming this soon.

"Eighty nine years old, that's a full go, and you know you get up to that age and it's always kind of in the back of your mind but no I don't think anybody thought it was going to be quite this quick," Rob Brooks said.

An Iowa legend, many will always remember Bob Brooks.

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