Derrick Brooks to make retirement official

Derrick Brooks is officially retiring.

He will make that announcement today on DerrickBrooks.tv, according to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and then will hold a press conference on Thursday at the team’s facility.

The Bucs made the very unpopular decision to drop Brooks last year after general manager Mark Dominik and coach Raheem Morris took over. Their move seemed to be supported by the rest of the league, though, when Brooks didn’t get a job elsewhere. The Chicago Bears kicked around the idea, if just briefly, when injuries piled up at linebacker for them. But the team went with younger players who could make an impact on special teams.

Now, Brooks will officially hang ’em up after what will one day be recognized as a Hall of Fame career. He was selected to 11 Pro Bowls and was All-Pro nine times. A former NFL defensive player of the year, he wears one Super Bowl ring. Brooks will likely follow Lee Roy Selmon as the second Buc to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame unless Warren Sapp beats him there.

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