Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks hired as NFL appeals officer

Friday July 25th, 2014

The NFL and the NFL Players Association hired Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks as an appeals officer for on-the-field discipline, the league announced Friday.

Brooks, who played 14 seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and helped lead the team to their only Super Bowl victory, will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 2. 

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He replaces former NFL lineman Matt Birk, who is now the league's director of football development. Brooks will join former NFL player and coach Ted Cottrell as the appeals officers this season.

Since 2011, Brooks has served as president of the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League.

"Derrick views this game with a very unique understanding as both a player and a team president," Troy Vincent, the NFL executive vice president of football operations said. "His review of appeals will be informed by experience as a player and as an executive."

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