Tampa, FL-- 10 News Sports Anchor Dave Wirth sat down with Tampa Bay Storm President Derrick Brooks, the latest Buccaneer to be named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
FOX Sports' Joe Buck made the announcement in New York, the night before the Super Bowl. Derrick joined Lee Roy Selmon and Warren Sapp in the Hall. Now, still as humble as ever, he's allowing himself the luxury of savoring the accomplishment.
"I think every day you get a better sense of appreciation for what this really means to me personally," Brooks told 10 Sports anchor Dave Wirth. "And to see a franchise, back-to-back, having two Hall-of-Famers, is very rare."
He admitted that, in his rookie season of 1995, the Hall of Fame was the last thing on his mind. Even though he was a first round draft choice, he was trying to find his way, find his place on the Bucs. And it wasn't easy.
"That first mini-camp, when they had my name up there as a starter," Brooks said. "I almost had to excuse myself to go to the restroom, I was so freakin' nervous. Day 1 starter- I just wanted to live up to the expectations...That first mini-camp, I just wanted to go out there and hustle to the football."
That's exactly what Derrick Brooks did...hustle...for the next 14 seasons. He never missed a game.
Next summer, Derrick faces a different challenge, induction into the Hall.
But it won't be as easy as slipping on that gold jacket. Derrick compared it to planning a wedding.
"We were given a big thick notebook. We have deadlines to get this information to Canton. I really started to get a better idea of what this presentation means to Canton, Ohio," he said.
Derrick Brooks will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, August. 2, at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio.
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