December 9, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers former player Derrick Brooks is introduced during the 10th anniversary of the 2002 Super Bowl champions during halftimduring the second half at Raymond James Stadium. The Eagles won 23-21. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Derrick Brooks Named to Pro Football Hall of Fame

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ linebacker Derrick Brooks has been named as one of the 2014 inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The 11-time Pro Bowl selection and 5-time All Pro was a member of the All 2000’s team as voted by the Pro Football Hall of Fame voters, and was the 2002 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

Brooks totaled over 1300 solo tackles as a professional, adding in 25 interceptions, 24 forced fumbles, and seven touchdowns on interception and fumble returns. He was the centerpiece to the dominant late 90’s, early 2000’s defense which helped the Buccaneers reach annual contender status, and eventually earned the team it’s first and only Super Bowl trophy.

The Florida State product began his career in Tampa after being selected at the tail end of the first round in the 1995 NFL Draft, and he would spend the next 14 seasons with only the Buccaneers as a stalwart at weakside linebacker. Brooks started every game of his NFL career from the start of the 1996 season onward, adding consistency to his incredible level of play.

Brooks was named the fans’ favorite player in the “Bucs Bracket” tournament held here at the Pewter Plank last offseason, and is a beloved member of the Tampa Bay community.

Join us in congratulating Derrick Brooks as the latest Buccaneer to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame!

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