TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Former Florida State star Derrick Brooks added another honor to his already sparkling resume’ today when he was named to the College Football Hall of Fame class of 2016.
Brooks’ jersey number is retired at Florida State and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers retired his number 55. He is already a member of FSU’s Athletics Hall of Fame and was a first-ballot selection for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
“Derrick Brooks personifies what being a great student-athlete means,” said Florida State Director of Athletics Stan Wilcox. “Not only was he a transcendent player at both FSU and in the NFL, but his commitment to academics and public service has continued throughout his life. He has been recognized as by the NFL several times for his work off the field, and has been a tireless supporter of Florida State University both academically and athletically. We could not be more proud that Derrick Brooks is a Seminole.”
Brooks was a two-time Consensus All-America linebacker for the Seminoles in 1993 and 1994. He was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year as a senior in 1994, and was a top scholar-athlete who won an NCAA post graduate scholarship as well as a spot on the Academic All-America team.
“I can’t think of a more deserving player for the College Football Hall of Fame than Derrick Brooks,” Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “He was one of the greatest linebackers in college football history. He led Florida State to our first national championship in 1993, setting the tone for the program for years to come. Derrick was a true Seminole who was a dominant player on the field, but an even better man off of it. He is a great example of what it means to be a student-athlete and how you can excel on and off the field with his commitment to public service during his time in the NFL and after his playing career.”
He was selected in the first round of the 1995 NFL Draft by Tampa Bay and played his entire 14-year career for the Buccaneers. He was a nine-time All-Pro and was selected to 11 Pro Bowls. He was the 2002 NFL Defensive Player of the Year and led Tampa Bay to a win over the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII.
Brooks’ is well known for his charity work and advocacy of the importance of education. He was the co-recipient of the 2000 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. He served as a member of the Board of Trustees at Florida State after being appointed by Jeb Bush in 2003.
“We are extremely proud that Derrick Brooks and William Fuller will join a long list of ACC players and coaches in the College Football Hall of Fame,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “Derrick and William were two of the greatest defensive players – both in this league and nationally. They join an outstanding 2016 class, and we are pleased that they are being recognized by the National Football Foundation.”