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.
"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.”
“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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