Derrick Brooks named NFL appeals officer

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<p> Derrick Brooks will add another title to his NFL resume.</p> <p> The longtime linebacker in Tampa Bay has been named an NFL appeals officer for the 2014 season, the league announced on Friday. This means that for any fines that players appeal, Brooks will be a part of the process of hearing why certain players believe their initial punishments went too far. Brooks replaces Matt Birk, who was recently named the NFL director of football development.</p> <p> “Derrick views this game with a very unique understanding as both a player and a team president,” said NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent. “His review of appeals will be informed by experience as a player and as an executive.”</p> <p> Since 2011, Brooks has been the president of the Arena Football League's Tampa Bay Storm.</p> <p> Brooks was a linebacker with the Buccaneers from 1995 through 2008, where he totaled 1,297 tackles, 13.5 sacks and 25 interceptions. He will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year on Aug. 2.</p> <p> Brooks will join Ted Cottrell as the two NFL appeals officers for this season.</p> <p> “Derrick was jointly selected by the Players and the NFL and we expect he will bring expertise and professionalism to his role as an arbitration officer,” said NFLPA senior director of player affairs and development Jason Belser. “We look forward to working with him."</p> <p> Follow me on Twitter: <a href="">@JasonHButt</a></p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p>

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