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Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks

  1. Brooks' words sound golden


    CANTON, Ohio — His is a legacy built largely without words. For most of his days, talking was the least impressive thing Derrick Brooks did.

    Former Tampa Bay Bucs linebacker Derrick Brooks pumps his fist during his Hall of Fame induction speech Saturday in Canton, Ohio.
  2. Brooks spreads love, credit in Hall of Fame speech


    CANTON, Ohio — On a night when Derrick Brooks took time to thank so many people that helped make him a Hall of Famer — 67 by name in a 24-minute speech — the former Bucs linebacker made old friends back home in Tampa and Pensacola feel as special as he did.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks tears up while talking about Lee Roy Selmon during his speech on stage during the Enshrinement Ceremony at the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, Saturday evening (08/02/14).
  3. Ex-Buc Derrick Brooks thanks many during Hall of Fame speech


    CANTON, Ohio

    Humility and longevity were the hallmarks of Derrick Brooks' career, so it was no surprise those were the major themes of his induction speech Saturday night at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Brooks' self-described "thank you letter," to family, friends, coaches and teammates, took slightly more than …

    Brooks takes time to get up close and personal with his bust, which has a very similar grin, after his induction speech.
  4. Ronde Barber recalls a Derrick Brooks near miss


    CANTON, Ohio — You'll hear much this weekend about the fact that Bucs linebacker Derrick Brooks never missed a game in his 14-year NFL career. Teammate Ronde Barber (left) saw that toughness throughout Brooks' career, and said the closest Brooks came to sitting out was self-inflicted from, of all …

    The building where Derrick Brooks will be inducted has a massive gift store that includes a limited edition seven-card set of the Class of 2014 for $3.
  5. Derrick Brooks: Great player, great human being


    CANTON, Ohio

    Tonight, he will be recognized as one of the finest football players in the history of the planet. With Derrick Brooks, that is just the start of it.

    The Pro Football Hall of Fame?' How about voting Derrick Brooks into life's Hall of Fame? Gary Shelton writes. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
  6. Photos: Derrick Brooks to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame



    Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, on Saturday evening. Brooks, a four-year letterman at Florida State University, was drafted by the Bucs in the first round in 1995. He played 14 seasons, 224 games all with the Bucs including …

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers legendary linebacker Derrick Brooks with his bust after his speech on stage during the Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony in Canton Saturday evening (08/02/14).
  7. On opponents, Derrick Brooks left a mark


    CANTON, Ohio

    He was going to bob. He was going to weave. He was going to add one more chapter to the Greatest Show on Turf.

    Matthew Lucas, 47, gets his pictured taken by his friend ,Kevin Woolford, 53, both from Largo, as they view the Derrick Brooks section in the 2014 exhibit Thursday at the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times ]
  8. Brooks Bunch gives boost to many youths


    TAMPA — Tyrone Keys knows he has a tough task, trying to convince a dozen kids in green football jerseys there are more important things in life than football. But the founder of All Sports Community Service knows how to get them to listen.

    Derrick Brooks gets a hug from Maurice Walker after the Brooks Bunch returned from a trip to South Africa in 2005. [Times files]
  9. Brooks DeBartolo makes mark on education


    TAMPA — As they stood together in a ballroom at the Hilton Tampa Downtown in April — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Eddie DeBartolo and Derrick Brooks — something seemed to be missing. The Lombardi Trophy, perhaps?

    Derrick Brooks addresses Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School’s class of 2014.
  10. Derrick Brooks wears Tampa Bay Storm role with ease



    The belt clip on Derrick Brooks' right hip is shiny and silver, emblazoned with the logo of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But hanging from that clip on a weekday summer morning, faded and well-worn, is the security badge that identifies the former Bucs linebacker as an employee of the Tampa Bay Storm. …

    Derrick Brooks is the team president of the Tampa Bay Storm. [Times files (2011)]