Derrick Brooks Jumps Into NFL Suit Role

July 25th, 2014

dashon goldson 1031Has the often punished “Hawk” found a valuable friend?


Bucs icon and soon-to-be Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks has a new job with the NFL.

Per, Brooks has become one of two hearing officers devoted to reviewing appeals of fines related to on-field infractions. It’s some sort of joint position funded by the NFL and its players association.

“Derrick was jointly selected by the Players and the NFL and we expect he will bring expertise and professionalism to his role as an arbitration officer,” NFLPA Senior Director of Player Affairs and Development Jason Besler said. “We look forward to working with him.”

Brooks and Ted Cottrell will handle the appeals of fines and suspensions arising from illegal hits and other on-field misconduct. They will be jointly paid by the NFL and the NFLPA, making it much different than the usual judge-jury-executioner approach the NFL applies to discipline.

No Joe is sure Brooks will be thorough and impartial and adhere to the confusing NFL rule book and labor agreement.

But it’s hard not to feel good have a man who bleeds pewter and red in a very high and influential place.

12 Responses to “Derrick Brooks Jumps Into NFL Suit Role”

  1. Bawlmerbucfan Says:

    Well said Joe….NFL could not have a more intelligent, highly respected man than Brooks in that position. Let’s hope Dashon isn’t the first player sitting across from his desk.

  2. Touch_Down_Tampa_Bay Says:

    “They will be jointly paid by the NFL and the NFLPA, making it much different than the usual judge-jury-executioner approach the NFL applies to discipline.”

    I like that they are working together. Though, it should be on and off field misconduct….Go Brooks!

    Ray Rice 2 game suspension- SMH… Seriously???

  3. John23 Says:

    Wow wonderful congrats to my fav buc of all time

  4. Oil Derrick Brooks Says:

    Commissioner Brooks has a nice ring to it.

  5. Theodore Says:

    The Hawk is back!

  6. Amar Says:

    A man that knows how to play TRUE REAL PHYSICAL FOOTBALL, a hall of famer, super bowl champion, gets to review “foul conduct”?!


  7. Oahubuc Says:

    This could be a very good thing. His hits personified the good technique coupled with power that is getting fined in way too many of these marginal cases and threatens to destroy the game (along with concussions). And it would be preaching to the choir here to talk about his judgement and character.

  8. Jeagan1999 Says:

    I think #55 would make a great NFL Commissioner some day!

  9. BUC4LIFE79 Says:

    Couldn’t think of anyone better suited for the role, CONGRATS To Mr. Brooks, hopefully, this means players across the board can sleep a little easier at night knowing an actual recent DEFENSIVE player will be “judging” their “intent” on hits.

  10. biff barker Says:

    Congratulations to DB55!

    Brooks will be the first Buccaneer to hold a position in the league office right?

  11. Jim Walker Says:

    This is AWESOME news!

  12. pick6 Says:

    i like that the job went to a former defensive player