Chucky Tried To Embarrass BrooksMay 6th, 2014
In his speech after being told his No. 55 will never be worn by a Bucs player again, Mr. Derrick Brooks, of course, thanked many people for his career and success today.
When talking about how he was influenced by different coaches, Brooks made a particular reference to Chucky, the only coach in Bucs history to win a Super Bowl. Brooks lauded Chucky for driving him to play at a level higher than even Brooks thought he could reach. This came about even though Chucky was the de facto offensive coordinator.
“He tried to embarrass me every practice,” Brooks said with a smile.
Brooks elaborated, explaining Chucky was always trying to catch the defense off-guard. The more the defense was ready for anything, the better the defense would be, Chucky believed. Throwing an unexpected curveball at the defense was part of preparation.
Brooks accepted the challenge by immersing himself even more into an opponents’ film study, determined that Chucky, or opponents, would never be able to fool him.
Brooks admitted this practice took his play to an even higher level. A level that brought him to Canton, and will have his name forever etched into the Stadium on Dale Mabry Highway.