Future Hall of Famer, Derrick Brooks – the most renowned player in the history of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers franchise, was honored by Peter King, of Sports Illustrated as a member of King’s all decade team. The countdown is truly on for Brooks. If he does not get a deal this off-season, he will have four more years to go, before getting the nod to become part of a very prestigious and deserving group by donning a yellow jacket and giving his induction speech. For a franchise that has endeared years of futility with only one Buccaneer in the Hall of Fame there could be a run in the very near future with such players as Brooks, Warren Sapp and quite possible John Lynch.
“The one edge no one will ever have over me is the mental edge of knowing players,” Brooks said last year when he painstakingly went over video of Adrian Peterson while showing me how he prepared for games. He watched how runners planted their feet and turned and how they deked so nothing would surprise him on game day. It helped him catch Peterson — and stun Peterson — on a pass out of the backfield in a Bucs-Vikings game.