For years, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were the laughing stock of the National Football League. That all began to change, slowly but surely, in the late 90s as the team became a defensive juggernaut when head coach Tony Dungy implemented the Tampa-2 scheme, and one of the pivotal parts to that change was linebacker Derrick Brooks, who was recently elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year.
Shortly after he’s inducted this year, the organization that he helped bring from obscurity will go out of their way to honor him on September 14 by retiring the number 55 and inducting him into their Ring of Honor.
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) May 6, 2014
Brooks played an incredible 14 seasons with Tampa Bay, recording a total 1,301 tackles. He was also no slouch defending the pass neither, finishing up his career with 25 picks, including five total in the team’s 2002 Super Bowl winning season.