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

NFL Names Derrick Brooks as an Appeals Officer

Derrick Brooks is one of the greatest players in league history. He made a career out of being a sure tackler, and a smart linebacker who always seemed to know where the ball was going to be.

Occasionally, he’d put a hit on someone that would send fans jumping out of their seats.

Now, he’ll have to watch tape on some of today’s player’s hits and determine if their punishment fits their crime.

The NFL has hired Derrick Brooks to be their new Appeals Officer, dealing with player appeals for fines or suspensions handed down from the league office for on-the-field conduct or playing style.

Here’s the NFL’s statement:

“Derrick views this game with a very unique understanding as both a player and a team president,” NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent said. “His review of appeals will be informed by experience as a player and as an executive.” It is a great move by the league and commissioner Roger Goodell, for giving the job to someone who played on one of the most feared defenses of all-time. Brooks will give a fair assessment of every situation because of his character, and because he knows exactly how the game is meant to be played.”

The former Buccaneer great has a pretty full resume at the moment; he is also the president of the Arena Football League’s Tampa Bay Storm. He will be inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 2nd.

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