Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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Derrick Brooks named an appeals officer for NFL

Soon-to-be Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks, already a busy man in his retirement, added another job to his work week. The NFL and NFLPA announced Friday that Brooks will serve as one of the league's two appeals officers.

Brooks, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 2 in Canton, Ohio, will serve as an arbitrator for on-field discipline against players, hearing player appeals of fines levied for actions during games. He replaces former Vikings star Matt Birk, and will join former NFL coach Ted Cottrell in that role.

"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 Hall enshrinement, 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 a game against the Rams.

"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 Belser said. "We look forward to working with him."

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