Sept. 10, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Former Seminole Derrick Brooks is featured on the cover of the September issue of ESPN The Magazine. In addition to the picture of the All-American and All-Pro, there is an in-depth article that chronicles his achievements both on and off the field as part of the NFL season preview on the pages of the publication.
On the field, Brooks is known for his hard-hitting intense style of play. But off the field, his intensity is rated by his compassion. In addition to leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the first Super Bowl championship in franchise history he was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year following the 2002 season. He also earned the Walter Payton Man of the Year award in 2000 for his outstanding charity work.
Brooks focuses his charitable endeavors on children and has done considerable work with the March of Dimes, D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) and the Audley Evan Center, an after-school youth program in the Tampa area. This past summer he returned to his roots as he brought the “Brooks Bunch” on a two-day tour of Florida State with the purpose emphasizing the importance of education.
The visit by the Brooks Bunch to Florida State was the final stop of an 11-day tour of several U.S. cities and universities during the months of June and July. Brooks and 29 members of the Tampa Boys and Girls Clubs traveled to New York City, Washington, D.C. and Atlanta during their odyssey.