Derrick Brooks Retires

The day would inevitably come. He knew it, we knew it, it was just a matter of when. And now, the question of "when" has been answered. Derrick Brooks -- No. 55, double nickel -- has officially retired.

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Brooks Asks Fans To Forgive Bucs

Although he was no longer playing at an elite level during his 14th and final season as a Buccaneer in 2008, Tampa Bay fans were angry over the way the team handled the departure of franchise icon Derrick Brooks, which came shockingly and abruptly on February 25, 2009.

Some Bucs fans are still not over the bitterness they felt upon hearing the news.

During his retirement ceremony at One Buccaneer Place, Brooks was asked what he would say to those fans that are still angry at the franchise over his release.

When asked, Brooks said, “If the Lord can forgive, who are we to say we can’t forgive?”

Read more at Fox Sports Florida"


Bucs On Brooks: As Good As It Gets

Walter Payton played his entire 13-year NFL career with the Chicago Bears. One of the league’s all-time greats, he is remembered and celebrated by fans everywhere, but he belongs to Chicago and Chicago belongs to him.

Payton is Chicago. Cal Ripken is Baltimore. Mario Lemieux is Pittsburgh.

Derrick Brooks, the 11-time Pro Bowl linebacker who is sure to join Payton in the Hall of Fame in a few short years, played his entire 14-year career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. On Thursday, he held a press conference at One Buccaneer Place to close that chapter of his life, officially announcing his retirement from the NFL.


Buccaneers Derrick Brooks Press Conference

You can watch the press conference with the Buccaneers and Derrick Brooks beginning at 1:30 at or on Bright House channel 47.


Derrick Brooks - The Best Buc Ever?

Many fans and writers believe Derrick Brooks is the best Buccaneer that ever put on the pads.

TBO’s Joey Johnston calls him the ‘ultimate winner’ and best ever Buc, in front of Lee Roy Selmon and Warren Sapp.

Times columnist Gary Shelton says he’s the best player the Buccaneers have ever had. columnist Pat Yasinskas calls him the best player in the history of the NFC South.

What do you say? Is he the best Buc ever?


Derrick Brooks' Most Memorable Moment

When Derrick Brooks realized the Tampa Bay Buccaneers - those formerly TERRIBLE Tampa Bay Buccaneers - were going to win the Super Bowl.


Perhaps the most indelible image of Derrick Brooks' sublime NFL career is that of his face, seen over Jon Gruden's shoulder as the two embrace in the closing seconds of Super Bowl XXXVII. The face is clinched, sobbing. Brooks is weeping with joy because the job is finally done...the most difficult and most rewarding work of his career, finally complete.

That image was shortly after Brooks scoring the Super Bowl clinching touchdown. 'Joe' was there:

There are too many good moments of Brooks’ career for Joe to single out, save for one: When Brooks returned a Rich Gannon interception into the end zone for the Super Bowl-clinching touchdown. Brooks was so overcome with emotion, that Warren Sapp had to help him from the end zone and Brooks later broke down in Chucky’s embrace.

That was quite a moment for Buccaneers fans, too.

Thanks, Mr. Derrick Brooks.


Derrick Brooks' NFL Awards, Accomplishments

Awards and accomplishments earned by Derrick Brooks in the NFL:

  • Super Bowl champion (XXXVII)
  • AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2002)
  • 11 time Pro Bowl selection (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008)
  • 6 time First-team All-Pro (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005)
  • 3 time Second-team All-Pro (1997, 1998, 2001)
  • 9 time First-team All-NFC (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005)
  • Co-Walter Payton Man of the Year Award (2000)
  • "Whizzer" White NFL Man of the Year Award (2003)
  • Bart Starr Man of the Year Award (2003)
  • Pro Bowl MVP (2005)

Text Of Official Retirement Announcement

Derrick Brooks recorded his official retirement announcement at Brooks-DeBartolo Collegiate High School, and published the video on his website,

Here is the transcript:

Welcome to This is my official retirement announcement.

“I simply want to say thank you to all you fans, for supporting Derrick Brooks as well as the Buccaneers throughout my 14 years,’’

“I want to thank all the coaches, starting with the head coaches: Sam Wyche, Jon Gruden and Tony Dungy. You guys meant a lot to me, your leadership affects me and what I do on a daily basis and that’s competing to be the best. I thank all my teammates, those that played with me for an extended period of time to those that played with me for a short period of time.

“I’d personally like to thank Warren Sapp. You mean a lot my friend. Words can’t explain the gratitude, how fun it was to play behind you. John Lynch, knowing you had my back in that secondary. Ronde Barber, my Cover Two buddy. You re-defined the defense by playing in space. Simeon Rice, one of the best at going and getting the quarterback. I love you to death, not for just what you do on the field, but how you challenge me mentally to be the best and your thought process. It was fun.

“Again, I thank all you guys. All the support staff, starting with the front office personnel, all the way to the support staff to help this football team go on a daily basis. Again, the Glazers. We came here together in 1995. I thank you for investing in this football team and turning it into a winner. I wish you tremendous success moving forward.

Last, but not least, I thank my family. I’ll start with my kids, Brianna, Derrick Jr., Darius and Dania – I love you. I will always be proud that you will be able to say that you are proud I am your father. Carol I want to be the best I can be for you as well as my family. I always say I want to make you proud to say that you are proud of your husband.

I thank everybody from my business partners to my educational partners. I look forward to what God has in store for me in the future.

Thank you for watching There is more to come.


Derek Brooks Retires

The day would inevitably come. He knew it, we knew it, it was just a matter of when. And now, the question of "when" has been answered. Derrick Brooks -- No. 55, double nickel -- has officially retired. He made the announcement on his website, DerrickBrooks.TV.

Brooks will retire as an 11-time Pro Bowl selection and nine-time All-Pro. He was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year during the Buccaneers' Super Bowl run in 2002. He started 221 games and played in 224 games, every single game that he was on the Bucs roster, which is a franchise record. He recorded 2,198 tackles, most in franchise history, along with eight defensive touchdowns, second most in Bucs history.

He was taken with the 28th pick in the 1995 NFL draft out of Florida State University and would be a key cog in the Bucs' turn from laughingstock to perennial contender. His FSU No. 10 jersey has been retired. Even more important was his work off the field. He has founded and been involved with numerous charities his entire career.

A press conference will be held at One Buc Place on Thursday at 1:30 p.m., which will also be simulcast on

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