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Derrick Brooks

Brooks with the 2006 Pro Bowl MVP trophy
No. 55     
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: April 18, 1973 (1973-04-18) (age 36)
Place of birth: Pensacola, Florida
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
College: Florida State
NFL Draft: 1995 / Round: 1 / Pick: 28
Debuted in 1995 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Last played in 2008 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Career history
 As player:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2008
Tackles     1,698
Sacks     13.5
Interceptions     25
Stats at NFL.com

Derrick Dewan Brooks (born April 18, 1973 in Pensacola, Florida) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Buccaneers 28th overall in the 1995 NFL Draft. He played college football at Florida State.

An eleven-time Pro Bowl selection and nine-time All-Pro, Brooks was named AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2002. He earned a Super Bowl ring with the Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII.

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Early years

Brooks attended Washington High School in Pensacola. In 1991, his senior year, Brooks carried Pensacola to the state playoff semifinals, where they lost to the eventual champion Bradenton Manatee. In 2007, he was named to the Florida High School Association All-Century Team, which selected the Top 33 players in the 100 year history of high school football in the state of Florida's history.[1]

College career

At Florida State University he was a four-year letterman and was first-team All-American his senior year. After playing as safety as a freshman he switched to linebacker as a sophomore. He was on the 1993 Seminoles National Championship team. He finished his career with 274 tackles, five interceptions, 8.5 sacks, 13 passes defensed, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

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Awards and honors

Professional career

Brooks was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round, 28th overall, of the 1995 NFL Draft. Brooks played 14 years for the Buccaneers and is widely considered one of, it not the best player in the history of the franchise and one of the best linebackers in the history of the National Football League.[2][3] From 1995 to 2008 Brooks started 221 of 224 games, recording 1,698 tackles, 13.5 sacks, 25 interceptions, and six touchdowns. He was selected to the Pro Bowl 11 times, including 10 straight from 1997 to 2006, was an All-Pro nine times, was the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2002, and led the team to the franchise's first Super Bowl win in Super Bowl XXXVII.[4]

As a rookie in 1995 Brooks started 13 of 16 games. He finished the season with 78 tackles with a sack and earned first team all-rookie honors from Pro Football Weekly and Pro Football Writers Association. During his second season 1996, he started all 16 games and finished with a team leading 132 tackles and his first career interception. In 1997 Brooks earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl after recording 144 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and two interceptions in 16 games. In 1998 Brooks had another Pro Bowl season after recording 156 tackles and an interception.

In 1999 Brooks made the Pro Bowl for the third time and was a first team All-Pro selection for the first time in his career. For the season he had 153 tackles, two sacks, and four interceptions. In 2000 Brooks earned his fourth consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl and his second consecutive first team All-Pro selection. He finished the season with 140 tackles, a sack, and had his first career touchdown on a 34 yard interception from Minnesota Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper. Brooks was also, along with Jim Flanigan of the Chicago Bears, the winner of the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, given to a National Football League player for his community service activities as well as his excellence on the field.[5] Brooks made his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl in 2001 after recording 112 tackles and three interceptions.

Brooks best season came in 2002. During that year he was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press and helped the Buccaneers win the franchises first Super Bowl. He also made his sixth consecutive Pro Bowl and was a first team All-Pro selection for the third time. For the season he had 117 tackles, a sack, and returned a NFL record, for a linebacker, three of his career high five interceptions for a touchdown.[6] During the Buccaneers 48 to 21 victory over the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII, he returned an interception off of Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon 44 yards for a touchdown.[7]

In 2003 Brooks broke Lee Roy Selmon's team for most consecutive Pro Bowl appearances with seven. He finished the season with 101 tackles, a sack, two interceptions, and returned an interception for a touchdown. In 2004 Brooks made his eighh consecutive Pro Bowl and fourth first team All-Pro selection after recording 137 tackles, three sacks, and an interception. In 2005 Brooks made his ninth consecutive Pro Bowl and earned his fourth first team All-Pro selection. He finished the season with 125 tackles, three sacks, and an interception.

In Brooks 10th consecutive Pro Bowl in 2006, he was named the MVP after returning a Trent Green interception 59 yards for a touchdown to secure the victory for the NFC.[8] During the regular season he had 121 tackles, three interceptions and a touchdown. In 2007 Brooks had 109 tackles and was not voted to the Pro Bowl for the first time since 1996. In Brooks last year with the Buccaneers in 2008 he recorded 73 tackles and an interception and was selected to his 11th Pro Bowl. The 11 Pro Bowls are tied for second most by a linebacker in NFL history.

On February 25, 2009 the Buccaneers released Brooks.[9]

NFL awards and honors

Personal

Brooks is married and has four children. Brooks has donated much of his money to charity. In addition Brooks donated $1,000 for every tackle he made against the Seahawks (10) which was a total of $10,000.

Derrick Brooks is the founder of the Brooks Bunch charity and youth scholarship foundation in the Tampa Bay area. He has taken local youngsters across the nation and South Africa with the objective of presenting a first hand experience, or a "mobile classroom." Brooks also headed the founding of the Brooks-DeBartolo Collegiate High School in Tampa.

Brooks is well known for his charity work and his advocacy of the importance of education. He was the co-recipient of the 2000 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award and was named to the Florida State University Board of Trustees in 2003 by Governor Jeb Bush.

Brooks is now a football analyst for ESPN and co-host of The Red Zone on Sirius NFL Radio along with analyst duties on ESPN FirstTake usually alongside Lomas Brown.[10]

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Michael Strahan
NFL Defensive Player of the Year
2002
Succeeded by
Ray Lewis
Preceded by
Cris Carter
Walter Payton Man of the Year Award
2000
(Co-Award Winner Jim Flanigan)
Succeeded by
Jerome Bettis

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