Buccaneers retire Derrick Brooks’ jersey in September


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.