Derrick Brooks Enters Pro Football Hall of Fame


Aug 2, 2014; Canton, OH, USA;

Derrick Brooks

poses with his bust at the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement at Fawcett Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Derrick Brooks is officially in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Brooks was inducted Saturday night by his son, Decalon.

“Tonight, I guess for the first time in my life, I get a chance to enjoy some of the individual success of my career in this ultimate team game,” Brooks said.

Brooks spent his entire 14-year career with the Buccaneers and never missed a game.

He made 1,698 tackles, had 13.5 sacks and 25 interceptions in 224 games while making 11 Pro Bowls. In Super Bowl XXXVII, Brooks had a pick six as the Bucs routed the Raiders 48-21.

A first round draft pick in 1995 out of Florida State, Brooks helped transform the Bucs from a perennial loser to Super Bowl Champions.

He specifically mentioned his draft class colleague Warren Sapp, as well as other members of the Bucs’ Super Bowl team including John Lynch, Simeon Rice, Mike AlstottMartin Gramatica, Brian Kelly and Ronde Barber.

He also thanked coaches Sam Wyche, Jon Gruden and Tony Dungy as well as his coach at FSU Bobby Bowden. He also thanked the Glazer family.

Brooks, the humble, family man he is, thanked his family repeatedly and others who had helped him in his careeer during his 24 minute speech.

Brooks is the third Buccaneer to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame after Lee Roy Selmon and Sapp.