June 30, 2003 - by
Brooks’ Bunch Makes Trip To FSU

June 30, 2003

Former Seminole Derrick Brooks and his 2003 “Brooks’ Bunch” made a visit to Florida State Monday morning in the final stretch of their 11-day tour of several U.S. cities and universities. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pro Bowl linebacker and 29 members of the Tampa Boys & Girls Clubs began their adventure on June 22 and have traveled to New York City, Chicago and Atlanta.

Brooks sponsors educational field trips annually to reward youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs who have exhibited hard work, good grades and exemplary behavior in school. The 2003 & Beyond trip marks the sixth such trip made by the Brooks’ Bunch. Past Brooks’ Bunch trips have included tours of the Western United States, South Africa, Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Ft. Lauderdale.

“Derrick is a fantastic individual who has a work ethic second to none,” said Bonita Pulido, Executive Director, Derrick Brooks charities. “I don’t know that I have ever met anyone as focused as he is especially someone who is a professional athlete. But he works as hard off the field and he does on the field which I think speaks volumes for who he is as a businessman, as an entrepreneur, a charitable person and a father and family man who is dedicated to his family and children.”

One of the goals of the Brooks’ Bunch & Beyond 2003 program is to help prepare every student for life after high school. Brooks felt a visit to his old stompin’ grounds would be beneficial to these young people. The group got a tour of the football facilities with current Seminole tailback Greg Jones and Defensive Coordinator Mickey Andrews gave a talk before the kids were shown a football video.

“I wanted to show them where I come from and where I earned my education and show them how important this University is to me,” Brooks said, “and at same time, give them a small experience of a big, four-year university. I wanted to try to give them an idea of what it’s like to be part of a big school with a lot of people and with as much tradition as we have.”

While in Tallahassee, “Brooks’ Bunch” will also visit the Florida State University Seminole Reservation, Florida A&M University, J/K Arabian Stables and Ginnie Springs.

“The trip has been real fun,” said 16-year-old James. “Seeing the Statue of Liberty brought a lot of emotions to me and now being at Florida State – this is somewhere I want to be someday, playing football. I want my number or jersey retired some day. Derrick is something that I want to be. He is like a father-figure to me.”

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