NEW YORK - Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks was one of the fiercest linebackers to ever play in the NFL. Brooks was a constant force during his 14-year career. His hard-hitting style led Tampa Bay to a Super Bowl championship during the 2002 season.
Brooks was one of 17 Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists on Saturday. The Hall of Fame flew each former player into New York this year because the inductees were going to be announced prior to the Super Bowl. Brooks thought about sitting around his hotel room all day, but could not sit still.
That prompted Brooks to do something different.
Get a manicure.
“My wife (Carol) went and got her nails done, and I kind of got mine done, too, just to pass time,” Brooks said whole trying to contain his laughter. “I spent this morning getting my nails done, I went and did an autograph signing for the NFL, and after that I just came back and laid around the hotel room.”
For the record, Brooks did not color his nails.
Carol just wanted her husband’s nails tidy, and Brooks' new pregame ritual worked.
Brooks was one of seven players voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. He was a first ballot Hall of Famer and will enter with Michael Strahan, Walter Jones, Andre Reed, Aeneas Williams, Ray Guy and Claude Humphrey.
“That was not my first time (getting a manicure),” Brooks said. “It was probably the third time I did it, but all three times were with her. This one was definitely the most memorable.”
None of the kids in Brooks’ classic commercial will object to his stress reliever:
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