A Higher Being Will Tell Derrick Brooks To Retire

March 23rd, 2010

It still stings Joe to remember the day he learned the Bucs threw future Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks to the curb like a used plastic beer cup.

Despite not playing last year, Brooks hasn’t quite called it quits yet. In a recent interview he did for Lee Gordon of Warchant.com, Brooks suggested that a higher power will tell him when to retire.

Q: You didn’t play in 2009, does that mean you are officially retired or is there a window of opportunity still out there for you to return to the field?

Brooks: Who knows. It’s not about my window, it’s God’s window. If he opens it, I’ll go through it. If not, I’ll close that window and move in a different direction. I’ve been blessed to continue working with football at ESPN and doing stuff with Sirius radio. Now I talk about it.

Q: Do you ever find yourself wanting to jump out of the booth and onto the field when you see something you don’t like?

Brooks: For me, being an analyst-I hated bad defense and watching the games, if I see a guy in the wrong position, that got to me. But at the end of the day, I did my best in trying to educate fans from an inside-out perspective on the field. But of course, I always want the defense to win.

Joe knows part of the reason Brooks didn’t play last year was his contract demands and that he wouldn’t play special teams. Given the fact Brooks hasn’t played in over a year, Joe cannot see him playing again.

Besides, Brooks has bigger fish to fry than just one more season of football wearing some cheesy non-Bucs uniform, like those of Texas or Cincinnati.

10 Responses to “A Higher Being Will Tell Derrick Brooks To Retire”

  1. JDouble Says:


  2. YearOBucsfan Says:

    I think Brooks should have retired before getting canned. I know a lot of HoF type players have a hard time letting go of the game, but just think of the difference it would have had in Tampa. For him to keep talking about possibly coming back after not being picked up, even by teams who were desperate for linebackers last year, is getting to be sad. Nobody wants their Buc hero to look like this. And though it sucked the Bucs had to move on. Just look how Hayes developed last year for the reason.

    Great youtube video JDouble! I had forgotten how many great plays Freeman did make last year. Of course the interceptions are probably more vividly remembered now by most fans. I also forgot how many of those catches were made by Bryant. I hope they can get him another quality WR to throw to before the season starts. When Freeman is on, in those videos, he looks like the real deal potential star.

  3. OAR Says:

    Yes Freeman did have a few nice plays, but there were alot of “great” catches made by Freeman and Win-slow.

  4. OAR Says:

    oops …not catches made by “Freeman” I meant “Byrant”.

  5. Eric Says:

    I counted ten catches by Mr. Bryant, despite the imprecise patterns.

    Freeman is an excellent propspect though, can’t take anything away from him. He is the real deal.

  6. OAR Says:

    We’ll see. This year will be the telling, if Freeman is “the real deal”.

  7. Eric Says:


    Why would anybody want this guy as part of your receiving corp?

  8. Radio Mushmouth Says:

    I honestly think God could give a shit less if Brooks plays football or not.

  9. God Says:

    Hey Derrick – it’s time to hang up your cleats.

    I love you but it’s time

    – God

  10. Joe Says:

    Joe’s comforted to see that the Lord himself is a reader.