In a stoic moment of self revelation linebacker Derrick Brooks, a nine-time All-Pro and 11-time Pro Bowl selection, will announce his retirement from the National Football League with a special video message on DerrickBrooks.tv, today, Wednesday, August 11. arguably the best player in the franchises history. Brooks had hoped to get a chance to prove, he still had something left after being cut last year.
Brooks, who was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the 28th overall pick in the 1995 NFL Draft, was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2002 and helped lead the Buccaneers to their first World Championship in Super Bowl XXXVII on January 26, 2003. The Florida State star played in every single game during his 14-year career with Tampa Bay, seeing action in all 224 games with 221 starts, both all-time Buccaneer franchise records. His 2,198 career tackles are the most in team history, and his eight defensive touchdowns, including one in the Super Bowl win over Oakland, are second-best in the Buccaneer record book.
Brooks has also been a pioneer in the Tampa Bay community, establishing Derrick Brooks Charities and heading the founding of the Brooks-DeBartolo Collegiate High School in Tampa. He was named co-recipient of the prestigious Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award in 2000.
Brooks undoubtedly will be remembered for his play on the field, but many news outlets are polling fans to see what his most memorial play was, while the list is endless. To this fanatic I think it truly goes beyond a single play and boils down to his character as a human being and the impact he had on the entire organization both on and off the field. That set him apart from other players during his tenure as a Buc.