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TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS VS. CAROLINA PANTHERS
Tampa Bay Buccaneers' linebacker Derrick Brooks (55) leaves the field after Sunday's game at Raymond James Stadium Dec. 26, 2004. Despite Brooks leading the Buc's defense with 14 tackles, the Panthers beat the Buccaneers 37-20 bringing the Buc's record to 5-10. (UPI Photo/Cathy Kapulka)
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Derrick Dewan Brooks (born April 18, 1973 in Pensacola, Florida) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Buccaneers 28th overall in the 1995 NFL Draft. He played college football at Florida State.

An eleven-time Pro Bowl selection and nine-time All-Pro, Brooks was named AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2002. He earned a Super Bowl ring with the Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII.

Brooks attended Washington High School in Pensacola. In 1991, his senior year, Brooks carried Pensacola to the state playoff semifinals, where they lost to the eventual champion Bradenton Manatee. In 2007, he was named to the Florida High School Association All-Century Team, which selected the Top 33 players in the 100 year history of high school football in the state of Florida's history.

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