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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.

Photographs by, thelastminute, turtlemom nancy , fesek, kthypryn, justinwright, sue_elias, pointnshoot, and scrapstothefuture used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.