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Family ties upset Brooks

Bucs linebacker Derrick Brooks lost his great-great grandmother and saw his hometown of Pensacola devastated by Hurricane Ivan this week.

"We've had to deal with some losses as far as homes and property but no lives," Brooks said Friday. "Unfortunately, my (maternal) great-great grandmother passed as the storm was coming. I guess when everybody gets settled in and the town gets back to normal, we'll have a funeral service. But no one knows right now when that will be."

Della Mae Folks was "about 95" Brooks said, but was not a victim of the hurricane. Brooks said he is concerned about the devastation in Pensacola and will look into what he can do.

"My thoughts have been on my family first and foremost," Brooks said. "My mother is still coming to the game Sunday. I'll have to sit down and talk to her and find out who lost what and where. I talked to her (Thursday) and she said that it's a town in ruins. Our community is really going to have to pull together."

Brooks said he plans to go to Pensacola as soon as possible but "didn't know when the airport was going to reopen."

_ ROGER MILLS, Times staff writer