Derrick Brooks

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Derrick Brooks was one of the most impressive football players and men of the 1990’s and 2000’s.  Derrick’s accomplishments on the gridiron are bountiful, and they are equally matched by his contributions to the youth and the pursuit of greater education.  Brooks spent his entire playing career in the state of Florida after being born and raised in Pensacola, FL, attending Florida State University and playing professionally for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Sports Speaker Derrick Brooks was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the 28th overall pick in the 1995 NFL Draft.  Brooks instantly became one of the best linebackers in the NFL, and never missed a single game in his 14-year NFL career.  By his 3rd season, Brooks became a Pro-Bowl selection and that began a streak of 10-consecutive selections to the NFL’s all-star game.  The pinnacle of Brooks’ career came in 2002.  He was named the 2002 Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press and led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to victory in Super Bowl XXXVII, the only one in franchise history.  After 14 years with the Buccaneers, Derrick Brooks retired.  His on-field accomplishments include 11 Pro Bowls and 9 All-Pro Selections—and he was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014.

In addition Brooks has been a leader in the movement for improved education for children.  He is the founder of The Brooks Bunch Charity and Scholarship Foundations in the Tampa Bay area as well as the Brooks-DeBartolo Collegiate High School.  Both foundations are aimed at the improving the education opportunities for local youth in the Tampa area.  His work has earned him numerous awards including the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2000. Brooks is also the co-host of The Red Zone on Sirius NFL Radio and has recently been named an appeals officer for NFL Players Association.  Derrick has made a variety of speaking engagements since retiring with a focus on motivating youth to achieve greatness.