Derrick Brooks Has RetiredAugust 11th, 2010
Now, the suspense is over.
Via his official video website derrickbrooks.tv, former Bucs great and future Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks announced his retirement from the NFL.
And thus a career of perhaps the greatest Bucs player in franchise history is over.
Ironically, it comes on the same day that Brooks will appear on a national cable show dismantling some loudmouth wannabe football player on Pros vs. Joes.
To Joe, that appearance told him Brooks was done. No way Brooks would ever agree to a stunt like that if he still held out hope he could still play in the NFL.
eye-RAH! of the Tampa Tribune documents the details.
“This is my official retirement announcement,” Brooks said in the video. “I simply want to say thank you to all you fans who supported Derrick Brooks as well as the Buccaneers throughout my 14 years.”
An announcement from the club is expected later today.
The league’s Defensive Player of the Year during Tampa Bay’s 2002 championship season, Brooks registered a franchise-record 2,196 career tackles in 14 seasons, almost twice as many stops as runnerup Ronde Barber. He made the Pro Bowl 11 times, including 10 consecutive seasons beginning in 1997, and he’ll be initially eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014.
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 will forever remain vivid in Joe’s memory.
You were the best, double-nickel.
Mr. Derrick Brooks.