DERRICK BROOKS

DERRICK BROOKS

Class of 2014
Linebacker >>> 6-0, 232
(Florida State)
1995-2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Derrick Dewan Brooks ... Selected by Buccaneers in 1st round (28th player overall) … Never missed game in career … Earned All-Rookie honors … Elected to 11 Pro Bowls … In 1997, led Bucs to first postseason appearance since 1981 ... NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year, 2002 … Helped Tampa Bay post top defense in NFL twice, NFC five times … Named All-Pro six times, All-NFC eight times … Selected to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s … Born April 18, 1973 in Pensacola, Florida.

Linebacker Derrick Brooks, a four-year letterman and three-time All-American choice at Florida State, was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the 28th overall pick of the 1995 NFL Draft. He was tabbed by the team to shore up a porous defense which had struggled for nearly 15 years. Brooks never missed a game during his 14-season career in which he established himself as the cornerstone for what was considered one of the NFL’s best defenses for a decade.
    
Brooks earned a starting position in training camp of his rookie year and started all but three games that season. The three non-starts came when the Bucs opened with extra defensive backs against run-and-shoot teams. He never missed a start for the remainder of his 224-game NFL career. Brooks earned All-Rookie honors after he finished second on the team with 80 tackles.
   
In 1997, Brooks led the Buccaneers to their first postseason appearance since 1981. He topped the team with 182 total tackles, 1.5 sacks, two interceptions, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and 10 passes defensed to earn the first of his 11 Pro Bowl selections.

With Brooks entrenched as the defensive anchor, the Bucs led the NFL in total defense twice (2002 and 2005) and topped the NFC five times (1998, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2007) during the linebacker’s career.
   
Brooks was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2002 when he again led Tampa Bay with 173 tackles, registered a career-high five interceptions (three of which were returned for TDs), 15 passes defensed, one fumble recovery, and one sack. He was a major contributor in the Bucs’ victory in Super Bowl XXXVII where he had three tackles, one pass defensed, and one interception returned 44 yards for a TD against the Oakland Raiders.

Brooks was a six-time All-Pro choice, named All-NFC eight times, and selected to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s.


Year Team G No. No. Yds. Avg. TD
1995 Tampa Bay 16 1.0 0 0 0.0 0
1996 Tampa Bay 16 0.0 1 6 6.0 0
1997 Tampa Bay 16 1.5 2 13 7.0 0
1998 Tampa Bay 16 0.0 1 25 25.0 0
1999 Tampa Bay 16 2.0 4 61 15.0 0
2000 Tampa Bay 16 1.0 1 34 34.0 1
2001 Tampa Bay 16 0.0 3 65 22.0 0
2002 Tampa Bay 16 1.0 5 218 44.0 3
2003 Tampa Bay 16 1.0 2 56 28.0 1
2004 Tampa Bay 16 3.0 1 3 3.0 0
2005 Tampa Bay 16 3.0 1 0 0.0 0
2006 Tampa Bay 16 0.0 3 51 17.0 1
2007 Tampa Bay 16 0.0 0 0 0.0 0
2008 Tampa Bay 16 0.0 1 -2 -2.0 0
Career Total 224 13.5 25 530 21.0 6
Additional Career Statistics: Fumble Recovery for TD: 1

Championship Games

1999 NFC – St. Louis Rams 11, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6
Brooks started at weakside linebacker. He had six solo tackles, one assist and one pass defensed.

2002 NFC – Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27, Philadelphia Eagles 10
Brooks started at weakside linebacker. He had nine solo tackles and one assist including three tackles for a loss.


Super Bowls

Super Bowl XXXVII – Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48, Oakland Raiders 21
Brooks started at weakside linebacker. He had two solo tackles, one assist, one pass defensed, and one interception returned 44 yards for a TD.

All-Pro: 1999 (AP, PFWA, SN)  •  2000 (AP, PFWA, SN)  •  2002 (AP, PFWA, SN)  •  2003 (SN)  •  2004 (AP, PFWA)  •  2005 (AP)

All-Pro Second Team: 1997 (AP)  •  1998 (AP)  •  2001 (AP)

All-NFC: 1997 (PW)  •  1998 (PW)  •  1999 (PW)  •  2000 (PW)  •  2001 (PW)  •  2002 (PW)  •  2004 (PW)  •  2005 (PW)

(11) – 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002*, 2003, 2004*, 2005*, 2006, 2007, 2009*

*Did not play

(at time of his retirement following 2008 season)

• [Tied for 2nd] Most Interceptions Returned for Touchdown, Season – 3 (2002)

Super Bowl Records

• [Tied for 2nd] Most Interceptions Returned for Touchdown, Game – 1 (Super Bowl XXXVII)

Pro Bowl Records

• [Tied for 1st] Most Interceptions Returned for Touchdown, Career – 2
• [Tied for 1st] Most Interceptions Returned for Touchdown, Game – 1 (2000, 2006)


Buccaneers records held by Brooks
(Records through the 2008 season, Brooks’ final season with Tampa Bay)

• [1st] Most Tackles, Game – 23 (at Minnesota, Sept. 30, 2001)
• [1st] Most Defensive Touchdowns, Season – 4 (2002)
• [1st] Most Games Played, Career – 224
• [1st] Most Games Started, Career – 221
• [1st] Most Tackles, Career – 2,196
• [Tied for 1st] Most Interception Returns for a Touchdown, Season – 3 (2002)
• [2nd] Most Interception Return Yards, Season – 218 (2002)
• [2nd] Most Defensive Touchdowns, Career – 7
• [2nd] Most Total Touchdowns by a Defensive Player, Career – 7
• [2nd] Longest Interception Return – 97t (at Baltimore, Sept. 15, 2002)
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Tackles, Game – 22 (vs. Buffalo, Nov. 26, 2000) 

Postseason Records

• [1st] Most Games, Career – 11
• [1st] Most Tackles, Game – 18 (vs. Washington, Jan. 15, 2000)
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Defensive Touchdowns, Game – 1 (Super Bowl XXXVII) 

Team Statistical Championships
Interception Titles: 2006
Tackle Titles: 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006

• NFL All-Decade Team of 2000s
• 2006 Pro Bowl MVP
• 2003 Byron “Whizzer” White Man of the Year Award
• 2003 Bart Starr Man of the Year Award
• 2002 Defensive Player of the Year (AP)
• 2000 Walter Payton/NFL Man of the Year 

Year Team W L T Division Finish
1995 Tampa Bay 7 9 0 (5th)
1996 Tampa Bay 6 10 0 (4th)
1997 Tampa Bay 10 6 0 (2nd)
1998 Tampa Bay 8 8 0 (3rd)
1999 Tampa Bay 11 5 0 (2nd)
2000 Tampa Bay 10 6 0 (2nd)
2001 Tampa Bay 9 7 0 (3rd)
2002 Tampa Bay 12 4 0 (1st)
2003 Tampa Bay 7 9 0 (3rd)
2004 Tampa Bay 5 11 0 (4th)
2005 Tampa Bay 11 5 0 (1st)
2006 Tampa Bay 4 12 0 (4th)
2007 Tampa Bay 9 7 0 (1st)
2008 Tampa Bay 9 7 0 (3rd)

 

Full Name: Derrick Dewan Brooks

Birthdate: April 18, 1973

Birthplace: Pensacola, Florida

High School: Booker T. Washington (Pensacola, FL)

Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame: February 1, 2014

Other Members of Class of 2014: Ray Guy, Claude Humphrey, Walter Jones, Andre Reed, Michael Strahan, Aeneas Williams

Pro Career: 14 seasons, 224 games

Drafted: 1st round (28th player overall) of 1995 draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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