Brooks named as appeals officer for NFL
Soon-to-be Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks, already a busy man in his retirement, has added another job to his work week, announced Friday by the NFL and NFLPA as a new appeals officer for the league.
Brooks, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame next week in Canton, will serve as an arbitrator for on-field discipline against players, deciding appropriate punishment for fines levied for actions during games. He replaces former Vikings star Matt Birk, and will be one of two appeals officers, along with former NFL coach Ted Cottrell.
Brooks already has plenty on his plate, working as president of the Arena Football League's Tampa Bay Storm, with the Tampa high school that bears his name and other work with his foundation.
"Derrick views this game with a very unique understanding as both a player and a team president," said Troy Vincent, the NFL's executive vice president of football operations. "His review of appeals will be informed by experience as a player and as an executive."
Brooks has an active calendar of honors ahead, highlighted by his enshrinement in Canton, then on Sept. 14 at Raymond James Stadium, where he'll have his No. 55 jersey retired as he's inducted into the Bucs' Ring of Honor during the team's home game against the Rams.