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Posted on November 20th, 2013 in Uncategorized

Dr. Derrick Brooks (2013 James "J.T." Thomas Heart Of A Champion)

Dr. Derrick Brooks (2013 James “J.T.” Thomas Heart Of A Champion)

Dr. Derrick Brooks

James “J.T.” Thomas Heart of A Champion – 2013

Dr. Derrick Brooks was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of the 1995 National Football League (NFL) Draft, where he remained to play his entire 14-season professional career.  He is widely considered one of the best linebackers in NFL history.  An 11-time Pro Bowl selection and nine-time All-Pro, Brooks was named Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2002, and earned a Super Bowl ring with the Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII.

Dr. Brooks graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in business communications from Florida State University (FSU) where he was a three-time first team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection, two times first–team All-American, and a member of the Seminoles 1993 National Championship team.  In November 2010, FSU retired Seminoles jersey number 10 in honor of Brooks.  He went on to earn his Master’s in business communication from FSU in 1999, and his Doctorate in Humane Letters from St. Leo’s University in 2006.

Recognized as often for his hard work in the community as he is for his hard hits on the football field, Brooks has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the 2000 Walter Payton/NFL Man of the Year award, the 2003 Bart Starr Award, the 2004 Bryon “Whizzer” White Award, and the 2008 JB Award through the NFL Players Association, all of which recognize an NFL player annually for his commitment to the communities in which he lives.

Dr. Brooks was appointed to the FSU Board of Trustees by Governor Jeb Bush in 2003, where he served until 2011. He has also served on the Florida Department of Education Foundation, St. Leo’s University and Brooks-DeBartolo Charities, Inc.  In 2007 he was appointed by Governor Charlie Crist as the Chairman for the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness – helping to eliminate the problem of childhood obesity in the State of Florida. By partnering with the DeBartolo Family, he was able to realize a lifelong dream with the opening of the very first traditional charter high school in the Tampa Bay area – Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School. Through his foundation, Derrick Brooks Charities, Inc., he has made it his life’s mission to positively impact the lives of youth in the Tampa Bay area and beyond, through educational programming and mentoring.

Dr. Brooks is married to Carol and has four children; Brianna, Derrick, Darius and Dania. He is currently the President and part owner of the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League.