Linebacker Derrick Brooks comes in at No. 6 as we continue our countdown of the Top-75 players in Florida State history. Brooks was a four year contributor and a three year starter at Florida State. He initially started off his career at safety before transitioning into an outside linebacker. Brooks earned first team All-ACC honors in each of his three years at linebacker and was named a consensus All-American in each of his final two years. Brooks was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 1994 as a junior.
Brooks finished his career with 274 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 5 interceptions and three returns for touchdowns. He was inducted into the Florida State Hall of Fame in 2000. His No. 10 jersey was retired in 2010.
Brooks was drafted with the 28th overall pick in the 1996 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brooks played 14 years for the Buccaneers and earned nearly every honor in the NFL. He was named to 11 Pro Bowls and voted to the first team All-Pro team 9 times. He was named the Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2000, the AP Defensive Player of the Year in 2002, and a member of the NFL's All-Decade team for the 2000's.
The Buccaneers retired Brooks No. 55 and inducted him into their ring of honor after his retirement in 2009. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame his first time on the ballot in 2014.
Brooks is currently the team president and part owner of the Tampa Bay Storm in the Arena Football League.
Photo courtesy of the Florida State Athletic Department.