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Buccaneers retire Derrick Brooks’ jersey in September

Derick Brooks AP

No one has worn No. 55 for the Buccaneers since Derrick Brooks walked off the field, and now, no one will again.

The Buccaneers announced that Brooks will have his jersey retired on Sept. 14, making him the third player in franchise history so honored. Lee Roy Selmon (63) and Warren Sapp (99) are the other two.

The announcement was made by Bucs co-chairman Bryan Glazer, and continues a string of honors for Brooks, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer.

“Today is a very important day in my life and to have my number retired is extremely special on top of that,” Brooks said. “No one has worn it since I left, but to know that it’s part of this franchise’s history is a tremendous honor. I’ve had the opportunities to have my number retired in high school and college, but this is a little bit different for me, because every time something goes on in that stadium and they see that number up there they get a piece of me.”

The honor from the Bucs is appropriate, since Brooks gave so much of himself — on and off the field — to make himself an icon in the Tampa community.

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13 Responses to “Buccaneers retire Derrick Brooks’ jersey in September”
  1. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: May 6, 2014 4:01 PM

    Brooks was the embodiment of an all business football player — pure class.

  2. milkmandanimal says: May 6, 2014 4:16 PM

    There cannot be a bigger “well, duh” moment in franchise history. Brooks was everything you would want in both a player and a person, and, with all due respect to the truly great Lee Roy Selmon, is the singly greatest player the Buccaneers have ever fielded.

  3. dkalev says: May 6, 2014 4:23 PM

    I expect #20 to be retired as well

  4. 407magic says: May 6, 2014 4:24 PM

    A true pro! I hope to be at the game. Also a Great day to retire his number, on my bday.

  5. onbucky96 says: May 6, 2014 4:26 PM

    Just retire Brooks from broadcasting, he…is…dull…or maybe he should join a CBS booth.

  6. bucrightoff says: May 6, 2014 4:42 PM

    A man’s man, period.

  7. bcetour says: May 6, 2014 4:50 PM

    Just a phenomenal player. Lucky to see him play on my hometown team.

  8. whysomanylosers says: May 6, 2014 4:57 PM

    Outstanding football player, phenomenal person.

    Congrats DB.

  9. qdog112 says: May 6, 2014 5:01 PM

    No brainer. Just think, Schiano didn’t want former players around the facility, now he’s not around the facility.

    Funny how that works.

  10. gnarlswoodson says: May 6, 2014 5:06 PM

    Derrick Brooks > Ray Lewis…and I love Ray Lewis.

  11. clownsfan says: May 6, 2014 5:24 PM

    What took them so long?

  12. djcologne says: May 6, 2014 5:29 PM

    What a true professional and a class act on and off the field….everything Warren Sapp wasn’t!

  13. kane337 says: May 6, 2014 7:45 PM

    They gonna retire him in those fancy new jersey’s of theirs? lol

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