Hall of Fame profile - Derrick Brooks

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Derrick Brooks and Warren Sapp became the pillars of what would become a defensive dynasty in the team's vaunted Tampa-2 scheme, started by Tony Dungy and continued on for more than a decade by others as the vogue defensive scheme of its time.

From the weak side, Brooks was the ultimate playmaker against the run, outstanding in pass coverage and recognition and a a film-room scholar who could predict what offenses would do based on his incredble recall and tremendous understanding of football schemes.

For his career, Brooks made 11 Pro Bowls, was named All Pro six times and is a member of the NFL's All-Decade Team for the 2000s.
Eric Edholm

Linebacker Derrick Brooks #55 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers attempts to fight off the block of tight end Tony McGee #82 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the Buccaneers 19-16 victory over the Bengals at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Mandator
1995
Linebacker Derrick Brooks #55 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers attempts to fight off the block of tight end Tony McGee #82 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the Buccaneers 19-16 victory over the Bengals at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Mandator
Derrick Brooks #55 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in action against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on November 3, 1996 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Bucs 13-10. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Derrick Brooks
1996
Derrick Brooks #55 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in action against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on November 3, 1996 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Bucs 13-10. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Derrick Brooks
New England Patriots Keith Byars is hit by Tampa Bay Buccaneers Derrick Brooks (55) as Bucs Rufus Porter (59) and Hardy Nickerson (56) look on, on Nov. 16, 1997, at Houlihan's Stadium in Tampa, Fla. Mandatory Credit: Steve Nesuis/Sporting News/Icon SMI
1997
New England Patriots Keith Byars is hit by Tampa Bay Buccaneers Derrick Brooks (55) as Bucs Rufus Porter (59) and Hardy Nickerson (56) look on, on Nov. 16, 1997, at Houlihan's Stadium in Tampa, Fla. Mandatory Credit: Steve Nesuis/Sporting News/Icon SMI
Derrick Brooks #55 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers warming up before the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio. The Buccaneers defeated the Steelers 30-6. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn
1998
Derrick Brooks #55 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers warming up before the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio. The Buccaneers defeated the Steelers 30-6. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn
Linebacker Derrick Brooks #55 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in action during the game against the Minnesota Vikings at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Buccaneers defeated the Vikings 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Scott Halleran /Allsport
1998
Linebacker Derrick Brooks #55 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in action during the game against the Minnesota Vikings at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Buccaneers defeated the Vikings 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Scott Halleran /Allsport
Derrick Brooks #55 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers gives a number one sign during the game against the Detroit Lions at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida. The Buccaneers defeated the Lions 23-16. Mandatory Credit: Andy Lyons /Allsport
1999
Derrick Brooks #55 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers gives a number one sign during the game against the Detroit Lions at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida. The Buccaneers defeated the Lions 23-16. Mandatory Credit: Andy Lyons /Allsport
Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks #55 of the NFC leaps to make an interception against the AFC in the 2000 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on February 6, 2000 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The NFC defeated the AFC 51-31. (Photo by Martin Morrow/Getty Images)
2000
Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks #55 of the NFC leaps to make an interception against the AFC in the 2000 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on February 6, 2000 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The NFC defeated the AFC 51-31. (Photo by Martin Morrow/Getty Images)
Derrick Brooks of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reacts to a call against him during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers won 21-20. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Elsa/Allsport
2001
Derrick Brooks of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reacts to a call against him during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers won 21-20. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Elsa/Allsport
 Linebacker Derrick Brooks #55 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers returns an interception during the NFL game against the New Orleans Saints on September 8, 2002 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Saints defeated the Buccaneers 26-20 in overtime. (Photo by Matt Stroshane/Getty Images)
2002
 Linebacker Derrick Brooks #55 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers returns an interception during the NFL game against the New Orleans Saints on September 8, 2002 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Saints defeated the Buccaneers 26-20 in overtime. (Photo by Matt Stroshane/Getty Images)
Derrick Brooks & Wife Carol during 2003 ESPY Awards - Arrivals at Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage for ESPN)
2003
Derrick Brooks & Wife Carol during 2003 ESPY Awards - Arrivals at Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage for ESPN)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive lineman Warren Sapp and linebacker Derrick Brooks during a 30 to 28 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on 12/20/2003 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
2003
Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive lineman Warren Sapp and linebacker Derrick Brooks during a 30 to 28 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on 12/20/2003 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks grabs a loose ball at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida November 21, 2004. The play was called back and the Buccaneers defeated the San Francisco 49ers 35 to 3. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
2004
Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks grabs a loose ball at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida November 21, 2004. The play was called back and the Buccaneers defeated the San Francisco 49ers 35 to 3. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
New York Jets' running back Derrick Blaylock (right) gets tied up by Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Derrick Brooks during the second half of the game at Giants Stadium. The Jet's won 14-12. (Photo by Craig Warga/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
2005
New York Jets' running back Derrick Blaylock (right) gets tied up by Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Derrick Brooks during the second half of the game at Giants Stadium. The Jet's won 14-12. (Photo by Craig Warga/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks holds up the most valuable player trophy February 12, 2006 at the Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
2006
Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks holds up the most valuable player trophy February 12, 2006 at the Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Derrick Brooks #55 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers walks on the field prior to the start of their game against the Carolina Panthers at Raymond James Stadium on December 30, 2007 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
2007
Derrick Brooks #55 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers walks on the field prior to the start of their game against the Carolina Panthers at Raymond James Stadium on December 30, 2007 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Linebacker Derrick Brooks #55 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tackles wide receiver Visanthe Shiancoe #81 of the Minnesota Vikings at Raymond James Stadium on November 16, 2008 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
2008
Linebacker Derrick Brooks #55 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tackles wide receiver Visanthe Shiancoe #81 of the Minnesota Vikings at Raymond James Stadium on November 16, 2008 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

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