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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Legend Derrick Brooks to Serve as NFL Appeals Officer

July 29th, 2014 at 9:23 AM
By Michael Compton

The NFL and NFL Players Association announced that 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee and Tampa Bay Buccaneer legend Derrick Brooks will serve as an appeals officer beginning this season.

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Brooks will hear player appeals of on-field discipline and replaces Matt Birk, who was named NFL Director of Football Development earlier this month.

Brooks spent 1995-2008 as a linebacker with the Buccaneers, playing in every game during his 14 seasons with the club, earning Pro Bowl honors 11 times and helping Tampa Bay to a victory in Super Bowl XXXVII.

A longtime fixture in the Tampa Bay community, Brooks has served as the president of the Tampa Bay Storm in the Arena Football League since 2011.

"Derrick views this game with a very unique understanding as both a player and a team president,” NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent said in an NFL release. “His review of appeals will be informed by experience as a player and as an executive.”

Brooks will join former NFL player and coach Ted Cottrell as the appeals officers for 2014. 

“Derrick was jointly selected by the players and the NFL and we expect he will bring expertise and professionalism to his role as an arbitration officer,” said NFLPA Senior Director of Player Affairs and Development Jason Belser. “We look forward to working with him."

Brooks and Cottrell are jointly appointed and jointly compensated by the NFL and NFLPA


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