Florida State To Retire Derrick Brooks’ Number 10

June 25, 2010- By Jonathan Lowell

The Florida State University Seminoles will retire Derrick Brooks’ number 10 jersey in a ceremony November 13th when they host Clemson at home.  Brooks will become the eight Florida State player to have his jersey retired.

Brooks made the consensus All American list twice in his Florida State career while setting a new standard for athleticism at the position.  He earned All-ACC honors as a sophomore, junior, and senior.  He led the ‘Noles to their first National Championship in 1993 as a junior, and named ACC player of the year the following season.

In his senior season, he was a finalist for the Butkus and Lombardi Trophies.  He was also a finalist for the Football Writer’s Defensive Player of the Year Award in his junior and senior seasons.

The legendary linebacker achieved in the classroom as well as the field, earning Academic All America honors in 1994 and was bestowed a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.  The area of Tallahassee has benefited greatly from his community projects, and he was made a member of the Florida State Board of Trustees by Jeb Bush in 2003.

Derrick played his pro ball for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and was a member of the famous “Tampa Two” defense under coach Monty Kiffin.  He is one of the legendary players for that franchise, and is poised to join the NFL Hall of Fame one day.

His NFL accomplishments include: an 11-time Pro Bowl selection, six-time First-team All-Pro, nine-time First-team All-NFC, and AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2002.  That year the Bucs won the Super Bowl under new head coach Jon Gruden, and Brooks recorded his best season ever as a pro.  He recorded 117 tackles, a sack, and returned an NFL linebacker record for most return touchdowns with five.  Two of those five came off fumbles, and three came off interceptions.

As a professional, Brooks received the Walter Payton NFL Player of the Year, Bart Starr, Byron “Whizzer” White Award, and the JB Award from the NFL Players Association that recognizes community service.

In an interview with a local newspaper, Brooks told a reporter that he was “humbled and very grateful” to have his number retired.

“I’m looking forward to coming up and being a part of a class of very few people,” Brooks said.

The class he speaks of includes Fred Biletnikoff, Ron Sellers, Ron Simmons, Dieon Sanders, Charlie Ward, Warrick Dunn, and Chris Weinke.

USA sportsbooks
have set the Seminole’s chances of winning the 2011 BCS National Championship at 75/1.

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