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Derrick Brooks replaces Matt Birk as appeals officer

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With former NFL center Matt Birk take a spot in the league office, an important vacancy arose.  It’ll be filled with a guy who’ll soon take a spot in the Hall of Fame.

The league has announced that Derrick Brooks will replace Birk as one of the two hearing officers for the appeal of on-field fines.

“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, referring to Brooks’ tenure as president of the AFL’s Tampa Bay Storm. “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,” NFLPA Senior Director of Player Affairs and Development Jason Besler said. “We look forward to working with him.”

Brooks and Ted Cottrell will handle the appeals of fines and suspensions arising from illegal hits and other on-field misconduct. They will be jointly paid by the NFL and the NFLPA, making it much different than the usual judge-jury-executioner approach the NFL applies to discipline.

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6 Responses to “Derrick Brooks replaces Matt Birk as appeals officer”
  1. blacknole08 says: Jul 25, 2014 10:24 AM

    Good move for the league. Derrick has always been a man of integrity.

  2. milkmandanimal says: Jul 25, 2014 10:49 AM

    Great choice for the league. Bad choice for Tampa; as a Bucs fan, I want Derrick Brooks to be part of the organization for life. One of those guys who was a truly great player on the field and just as good of a human being off it; constantly involved in charity work, community activities, and loads of other things.

  3. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jul 25, 2014 10:50 AM

    Birk seems like an ok guy, I’m glad he had the good sense to leave the Vikes and go to the Ravens to get a Super Bowl ring even though he is from Minny, lives in Minny during the offseason, and Minny matched the offer he got from the Ravens. Smart move.

  4. 700levelvet says: Jul 25, 2014 11:00 AM

    A respected MAN in a league full of punks…Excellent hire… I hope he becomes commissioner someday

  5. jeagan1999 says: Jul 25, 2014 12:00 PM

    Brooks is a wonderful human being, a true gentleman and was an amazing player. Great choice by the league. I hope this begins to groom #55 for a larger role in the NFL in the future!

  6. johnnybuc says: Jul 25, 2014 3:43 PM

    #55 Mr. Derrick Brooks for Commissioner!!

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