Derrick Brooks

Derrick Dewan Brooks (born April 18, 1973) is a former American football linebacker who played in the National Football League (NFL) for fourteen seasons. He played college football for Florida State University, and was twice recognized as a consensus All-American. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of the 1995 NFL Draft, where he played his entire professional career. An eleven-time Pro Bowl selection and nine-time All-Pro, Brooks was named AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2002, and earned a championship ring with the Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII. Later, he was elected to the 2000s all decade defensive team. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014. He was the co-owner and president of the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League from 2011 to 2017.

Derrick Brooks
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Brooks with the 2006 Pro Bowl MVP trophy
No. 55
Position:Outside linebacker
Personal information
Born:April 18, 1973 (age 45)
Pensacola, Florida
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school:Washington (Pensacola, Florida)
College:Florida State
NFL Draft:1995 / Round: 1 / Pick: 28
Career history
As player:
As executive:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Quarterback sacks:13.5
Forced fumbles:24
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early years

Brooks attended Washington High School in Pensacola, Florida.[1] In his senior season in 1991, Brooks carried Pensacola to the state playoff semifinals, where they lost to the eventual champion Manatee Hurricanes of Bradenton, Florida. In 2007, he was named to the Florida High School Athletic Association All-Century Team, which selected the Top 33 players in the 100-year history of high school football in the state of Florida's history.[2]

College career

While attending Florida State University, he played for the Florida State Seminoles football team from 1992 to 1994. He was a four-year letterman, a consensus first-team All-American his junior and senior years, and a three-time first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) selection.[3][4] After playing as safety as a freshman he switched to linebacker as a sophomore. He was a member of the 1993 Seminoles National Championship team.[3][4] He finished his career with 274 tackles, five interceptions, 8.5 sacks, 13 passes defensed, four forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries.[4]

In November 2010, Florida State retired Seminoles jersey number 10 in honor of Brooks.[5]

Awards and honors

  • 3× First-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (1992, 1993, 1994)
  • ACC Defensive Player of the Year (1993)
  • 2× Consensus first-team All-American (1993, 1994)
  • Vince Lombardi Award finalist (1993, 1994)
  • Bowl Coalition National Championship (1993)

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad
6 ft 0 in
(1.83 m)
229 lb
(104 kg)
4.71 s
All values from NFL Combine[6]

Early career (1995–2002)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Brooks in the first round (28th overall) of the 1995 NFL Draft. The Buccaneers traded both of their second round picks (46th overall and 63rd overall) to the Dallas Cowboys for their first round pick (28th overall) and used the pick to draft Brooks.[4] Brooks was the second linebacker drafted in 1995 NFL Draft, behind Washington State's Mark Fields (13th overall).

Brooks played 14 years for the Buccaneers and is widely considered one of the best players in franchise history and one of the best linebackers in NFL history.[7][8] From 1995 to 2008, Brooks started 221 of 224 games, recording 1,698 tackles, 13.5 sacks, 25 interceptions, and six touchdowns (tied for the most in NFL history by a linebacker with Bobby Bell).[9] He was selected to the Pro Bowl 11 times, including 10 straight from 1997 to 2006, was an All-Pro nine times, was the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2002, and led the team to the franchise's first Super Bowl win in Super Bowl XXXVII.[10]

As a rookie in 1995, Brooks started 13 of 16 games. He finished the season with 78 tackles with a sack and earned first team all-rookie honors from Pro Football Weekly and Pro Football Writers Association. During his second season 1996, he started all 16 games and finished with a team leading 132 tackles and his first career interception. In 1997, Brooks earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl after recording 144 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and two interceptions in 16 games. In 1998, Brooks had another Pro Bowl season after recording 156 tackles and an interception.

In 1999, Brooks made the Pro Bowl for the third time and was a first team All-Pro selection for the first time in his career. For the season, he had 153 tackles, two sacks, and four interceptions. In 2000, Brooks earned his fourth consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl and his second consecutive first team All-Pro selection. He finished the season with 140 tackles, a sack, and had his first career touchdown on a 34-yard interception from Minnesota Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper. Brooks was also, along with Jim Flanigan of the Chicago Bears, the winner of the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, given to a National Football League player for his community service activities as well as his excellence on the field.[11] Brooks made his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl in 2001 after recording 112 tackles and three interceptions.

Continued success and Super Bowl victory (2002–2008)

Brooks (right) and Justin Smith on January 25, 2003

Brooks' best season came in 2002. During that year he was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press and helped the Buccaneers win the franchise's first Super Bowl. He also made his sixth consecutive Pro Bowl and was a first team All-Pro selection for the third time. For the season he had 117 tackles, a sack, five interceptions, and returned a NFL record, for a linebacker, four touchdowns (one off a fumble and three off interceptions).[12] During the Buccaneers 48-21 victory over the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII, he returned an interception off of Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon 44 yards for the clinching touchdown.[13]

In 2003, Brooks broke Lee Roy Selmon's team record for most consecutive Pro Bowl appearances with seven. He finished the season with 101 tackles, a sack, two interceptions, and returned an interception for a touchdown. In 2004, Brooks made his eighth consecutive Pro Bowl and fifth first team All-Pro selection after recording 137 tackles, three sacks, and an interception. In 2005, Brooks made his ninth consecutive Pro Bowl and earned his sixth first team All-Pro selection. He finished the season with 125 tackles, three sacks, and an interception.

In Brooks' 10th consecutive Pro Bowl in 2006, he was named the MVP after returning a Trent Green interception 59 yards for a touchdown to secure the victory for the NFC.[14] During the regular season he had 121 tackles, three interceptions and a touchdown. In 2007, Brooks had 109 tackles and was not voted to the Pro Bowl for the first time since 1996. In Brooks last year with the Buccaneers in 2008, he recorded 73 tackles and an interception and was selected to his 11th Pro Bowl. The 11 Pro Bowls are tied for second most by a linebacker in NFL history.

Tampa Bay exit and retirement

On February 25, 2009, the Buccaneers released Brooks.[15] He was one of 5 veterans that the Bucs released on that day. The others were wide receivers Joey Galloway and Ike Hilliard, running back Warrick Dunn and linebacker Cato June.[16] The Bucs had previously fired Head Coach Jon Gruden and General Manager Bruce Allen and were looking to build a younger team under the likes of Raheem Morris and Mark Dominik. Brooks played in 224 consecutive games, having started 208 consecutive games at the weakside linebacker position, an NFL record.

After spending all of the 2009 season as a free agent, Brooks officially announced his retirement on August 11, 2010.[17]

On January 10, 2014, Brooks was named among the 15 modern-era Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists. Former Buccaneers safety John Lynch (who was Brooks' teammate from 1995 to 2004) and former Buccaneers head coach Tony Dungy (who coached Brooks from 1996 to 2001) were also finalists.[18] On February 1, Brooks was elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.[19] He is the third Hall of Famer to have earned his credentials primarily as a Buc, the others being Lee Roy Selmon and Warren Sapp (Brooks' teammate from 1995 to 2003).

NFL career statistics

Led the league
Team won the Super Bowl
AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year
Bold Career high
Tackles & Sacks Fumbles Interceptions
Year Team GP Comb Solo Ast Sacks FF FR Yds TD Int Yds Avg Lng TD PDef
1995 TB 16 78 59 19 1.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
1996 TB 16 132 91 41 0.0 1 0 0 0 1 6 6 6 0 11
1997 TB 16 144 101 43 1.5 1 1 0 0 2 13 7 13 0 12
1998 TB 16 156 121 35 0.0 2 0 0 0 1 25 25 25 0 6
1999 TB 16 153 117 36 2.0 2 2 4 0 4 61 15 38 0 18
2000 TB 16 140 117 23 1.0 5 0 0 0 1 34 34 34 1 5
2001 TB 16 112 79 33 0.0 1 0 0 0 3 65 22 53 0 8
2002 TB 16 117 87 30 1.0 1 1 11 1 5 218 44 97 3 11
2003 TB 16 101 71 30 1.0 2 0 0 0 2 56 28 44 1 9
2004 TB 16 137 109 28 3.0 2 0 0 0 1 3 3 3 0 4
2005 TB 16 125 93 32 3.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 11
2006 TB 16 121 96 25 0.0 0 0 0 0 3 51 17 21 1 5
2007 TB 16 109 84 25 0.0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2008 TB 16 73 58 15 0.0 1 0 0 0 1 -2 -2 -2 0 7
Career 224 1,698 1,283 415 13.5 24 4 15 1 25 530 21 97 6 112


Personal life

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Derrick Brooks, with Anquan Boldin

Brooks is married and has four children. Brooks is a Christian.[21]

Derrick Brooks is the founder of the Brooks Bunch charity and youth scholarship foundation in the Tampa Bay area. He has taken local youth across the nation and South Africa with the objective of presenting a first hand experience, or a "mobile classroom." Brooks also headed the founding of the Brooks-DeBartolo Collegiate High School in Tampa with fellow Pro Football Hall of Fame member Edward J. DeBartolo, Jr.

Brooks is well known for his charity work and his advocacy of the importance of education. He was the co-recipient of the 2000 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award and was named to the Florida State University Board of Trustees in 2003 by Governor Jeb Bush.

Brooks is now a football analyst for ESPN and co-host of The Red Zone on Sirius NFL Radio along with analyst duties on ESPN FirstTake usually alongside Lomas Brown.[22]

In 2011, Brooks became a part owner and the team president for the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League.[23] The team folded in December 2017.[24]

The NFL and NFL Players Association announced that Derrick Brooks will serve as an appeals officer beginning this 2014 season.[25]


  1. ^ "Ex-Buc Derrick Brooks officially retires from NFL". Retrieved June 27, 2013.
  2. ^ FHSAA announces 33-member All-Century football team Archived December 27, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b "Florida State to retire Derrick Brooks' jersey". Retrieved June 27, 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d Former FSU football phenom Derrick Brooks to have jersey retired Archived June 28, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Florida State retires Derrick Brooks' jersey". Miami Herald. November 14, 2010. Retrieved December 18, 2010.
  6. ^ "1995 NFL Combine Results". Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  7. ^ Gary Shelton, Times Sports Columnist View all Articles. "Farewell, 55: Derrick Brooks was perhaps the greatest Buc ever". Retrieved June 27, 2013.
  8. ^ "Often-overlooked Brooks has spot reserved in Canton". June 10, 2008. Retrieved June 27, 2013.
  9. ^ Mayer, Larry (July 26, 2013). "Briggs adjusting to new role as defensive play-caller". Chicago Bears. Retrieved July 26, 2013.
  10. ^ Bell, Jarrett (January 11, 2010). "Derrick Brooks the perfect pick as the NFL's best OLB of 2000s". Retrieved June 27, 2013.
  11. ^ Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award Archived October 7, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ "Individual Records: Interceptions". Retrieved June 27, 2013.
  13. ^ "Super Bowl XXXVII Tampa Bay 48, Oakland 21". January 27, 2003. Retrieved June 27, 2013.
  14. ^ "Brooks Scores TD, Wins Pro Bowl MVP". June 23, 2013. Archived from the original on February 27, 2012. Retrieved June 27, 2013.
  15. ^ "Brooks, Dunn done in Tampa Bay". February 25, 2009. Retrieved June 27, 2013.
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  17. ^ "Brooks to Announce Retirement". June 21, 2013. Retrieved June 27, 2013.
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  19. ^ "Derrick Brooks headlines HOF class". ESPN. February 1, 2014.
  20. ^ "Derrick Brooks Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  21. ^ "Player makes impact with education, too".
  22. ^ "Ex-Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Derrick Brooks joins ESPN2's First Take as NFL analyst". Retrieved June 27, 2013.
  23. ^ Rick Stroud (April 12, 2011). "Derrick Brooks to become Tampa Bay Storm president, part owner". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  24. ^ "STORM TO SUSPEND OPERATIONS, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY". December 21, 217. Retrieved December 21, 2017. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  25. ^ "Tampa Bay Buccaneers Legend Derrick Brooks to Serve as NFL Appeals Officer".

External links

1993 College Football All-America Team

The 1993 College Football All-America team is composed of college football players who were selected as All-Americans by various organizations and publications that chose College Football All-America Teams in 1993. It is an honor given annually to the best American college football players at their respective positions.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recognizes seven selectors as "official" for the 1993 season. They are: (1) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA); (2) the Associated Press (AP) selected based on the votes of sports writers at AP newspapers; (3) Football News; (4) the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA); (4) The Sporting News; (6) the United Press International (UPI); and (7) the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WCFF). Other notable selectors included Gannett News Service (GNS), Scripps Howard (SH), and the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA).Ten players were unanimously selected as first-team All-Americans by all seven of the NCAA-recognized selectors. They are: quarterback Charlie Ward of Florida State; running backs Marshall Faulk of San Diego State and LeShon Johnson of Northern Illinois; wide receiver J. J. Stokes of UCLA; center Jim Pyne of Virginia Tech; offensive tackle Aaron Taylor of Notre Dame; defensive tackle Rob Waldrop of Arizona; linebackers Trev Alberts of Nebraska and Derrick Brooks of Florida State; and defensive back Antonio Langham of Alabama. Charlie Ward also won the 1993 Heisman Trophy.

1993 Florida State Seminoles football team

The 1993 Florida State Seminoles football team represented Florida State University and were the national champions of the 1993 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Bobby Bowden and played their home games at Doak Campbell Stadium.

The season gave the Seminoles their first national title as well as their first Heisman winner in quarterback Charlie Ward.

1995 NFL Draft

The 1995 NFL draft was the procedure by which National Football League teams selected amateur college football players. It is officially known as the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting. The draft was held April 22–23, 1995 at the Paramount Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. At the time of the draft, the Raiders were still based in Los Angeles. They would officially return to Oakland after a 13-year hiatus in July 1995. Additionally, the former Los Angeles Rams had gotten approval to move to St. Louis shortly before the draft on April 13 (they would return to Los Angeles in 2016). The league also held a supplemental draft after the regular draft and before the regular season.

There were 32 picks in the first round of this draft as the two expansion teams each received two extra picks between the first and second rounds. The Carolina Panthers, having selected second in the 1995 NFL Expansion Draft, were awarded the first overall pick in this draft and the Jacksonville Jaguars, having picked first in the expansion draft, selected second. The Panthers, however, traded their number one pick to the Cincinnati Bengals for the Bengals' fifth overall pick and their fourth pick in the second round. The Panthers were also stripped of two later supplemental picks, numbers 61 and 191, for improperly recruiting the Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Coordinator, Dom Capers, as their Head Coach.This marked only the third time to date in NFL History that two Hall of Fame players were selected by the same team in the same round (the other being the Bears in 1965 draft and the Ravens in the 1996 NFL Draft.) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Warren Sapp with the 12th overall pick and Derrick Brooks with the 28th overall pick. The two future Hall of Famers would go on to lead a strong defense which contributed heavily to the win in Super Bowl XXXVII.

1995 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season

The 1995 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season was the franchise's 20th season in the National Football League.

The season began with the team trying to improve on a 6–10 season in 1994, a season in which the team won 4 straight games at the end of the year, and four of their final five. It was Sam Wyche’s final season as the team's head coach.

This was the final year the Buccaneers team wore screen printed name and numbers on the jerseys

Prior to the season Malcolm Glazer took over ownership of the team, then the Bucs drafted defensive lineman Warren Sapp and linebacker Derrick Brooks, both of whom are recognized as two of the team's greatest ever players. The Buccaneers' first-ever draft pick, Lee Roy Selmon, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

1996 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season

The 1996 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season was the team's 21st in the National Football League.

The season began with the team trying to improve on a 7–9 season in 1995. It was the first season for first-time head coach Tony Dungy.

The 1996 Buccaneers season would be a turning point for the franchise, as the team began to acquire the personnel that would lead it into its most successful era.

The 1996 season also marked the debut year the team wore stitched up authentic name and numbers on jersey and the final year the Buccaneers wore their trademark orange and white uniforms.

1998 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season

The 1998 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season was the franchise's 23rd season in the National Football League and their first season in Raymond James Stadium.

Following their breakthrough 1997 season, the Bucs finished 8–8 and missed the postseason; nonetheless they were the only team to beat the Minnesota Vikings during the regular season. In Week 17, they recorded the biggest road win in their history against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The season was marked by close losses in which touchdowns had been called back due to referee error.

1999 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season

The 1999 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season was the franchise's 24th season in the National Football League.

The season began with the team trying to improve on an 8–8 season. Rookie Shaun King replaced the injured and inconsistent Trent Dilfer late in the season. King helped rebound the team to their first NFC Central title in 18 years. The team won 10 out of 12 games at one point in the season, including a franchise-record six game winning streak. The defensive side dominated the team, nine times holding opponents to 10 or fewer points. However, offensive output while adequate, was often unspectacular - case in point, a 6–3 win over Chicago in October.

The team won their first divisional playoff game since 1979, advancing to the conference championship. Leading 6–5 late in the NFC Championship game against the Rams, the Buccaneers lost the lead after a late Ricky Proehl touchdown. With less than a minute remaining, a controversial instant replay reversal of a catch by Bert Emanuel foiled their hopes at an upset victory and a trip to Super Bowl XXXIV.

2000 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season

The 2000 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season was the franchise's 26th season in the National Football League.

The season began with the team trying to improve on an 11–5 season from 1999. Shaun King, who took over the quarterback position as a rookie midway through the 1999 season, became the full-time starter for 2000. In April, the Buccaneers acquired wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson via a trade from the Jets. It was a highly publicized transaction, which made Johnson the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL, and increased expectations for the club.

In Week 16, the Buccaneers won one of the more notable games in the history of Monday Night Football against the St. Louis Rams. It was a rematch of the previous season's NFC Championship Game. However, instead of the defensive struggle of the previous meeting, it was a 38-35 shootout with the Bucs prevailing and clinching a wild card spot.

In the final week of the regular season, the Buccaneers faced Green Bay, with the NFC Central title on the line. With a victory at Lambeau Field, the Buccaneers were poised to win the division, and secure a first round bye for the playoffs. After a rally to tie the game in the fourth quarter, kicker Martin Gramatica missed a game-winning field goal attempt at the end of regulation. The Buccaneers lost the game in overtime, and failed to win the division. The dejected club fell to the #5 seed, and was routed by Philadelphia in the Wild Card Game, 21-3.

2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season

The 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season was the franchise's 27th season in the National Football League and was their most successful season in franchise history as they won Super Bowl XXXVII.

The season began with the team trying to improve on a 9–7 season and did so with a franchise-best 12–4 record. It was Jon Gruden’s first season as the Buccaneers head coach. They won the Super Bowl for the first time in the team’s history, beating the Oakland Raiders 48–21. To date, this is Tampa Bay’s only Super Bowl appearance: they are along with the New York Jets and New Orleans Saints the only teams to have been to a single Super Bowl and won. A year after the Super Bowl, the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup, bringing another championship to the city of Tampa.

2003 All-Pro Team

The 2003 All-Pro Team is composed of the National Football League players that were named to the Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association, and The Sporting News All-Pro Teams in 2003. Both first and second teams are listed for the AP team. These are the three teams that are included in Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League. In 2003 the Pro Football Writers Association and Pro Football Weekly combined their All-pro teams, a practice with continues through 2008.

2005 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season

The 2005 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season was the franchise's 30th season in the National Football League.

The season began with the team trying to improve on their 5–11 record in 2004 and The Bucs made a complete rebound from last season to make the playoffs since 2003 with an 11-5 record. Cadillac Williams won Offensive Rookie of the Year.

The Bucs would lose in the Wild-Card playoff game at home to the 2005 Redskins.

2006 Pro Bowl

The 2006 Pro Bowl was the National Football League's all-star game for the 2005 season. The game was played on February 12, 2006, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. It marked the 27th consecutive time that the National Football League's all-star game was held in Honolulu. The NFC all-stars won by the score of 23 to 17.

Brooks-DeBartolo Collegiate High School

Brooks-DeBartolo Collegiate High School is a charter school in Tampa, Florida, founded with support from former NFL player Derrick Brooks and former San Francisco 49ers owner Edward J. DeBartolo, Jr. Both of the founders are members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It is part of the Hillsborough County Public Schools system.Brooks-DeBartolo Collegiate High School is a college preparatory school serving students in grades 9-12 in Tampa, FL. The school opened its doors during the 2007-2008 academic school year. The school is located at 10948 N. Central Avenue.

The current principal of Brooks-DeBartolo Collegiate High School is Kristine Bennett.

Derrick Page

Derrick Brooks Keith Page (born 24 May 1961) is a Jamaican born former English cricketer. Page was a right-handed batsman who bowled right-arm fast-medium. He was born in Trelawny, Cornwall County.

Page made his debut for Shropshire in the 1990 Minor Counties Championship against Dorset. He played a further match in that season's competition against Buckinghamshire. He played a single List A match for Shropshire in the 1990 NatWest Trophy against Derbyshire. He was dismissed for a duck in this game by Alan Warner, while with the ball he bowled 5 wicket-less overs. Page later joined Staffordshire in 1992, making his debut for the county in the 1992 MCCA Knockout Trophy against Wales Minor Counties. He played Minor counties cricket in just the 1992 season for Staffordshire, making 6 Minor Counties Championship appearances and 3 MCCA Knockout Trophy appearances. Additionally, he also made a single List A appearance for the county in the 1992 NatWest Trophy against Warwickshire. He scored 6 unbeaten runs in the match, while taking the wicket of Andy Moles for the cost of 46 runs from 9 overs.

List of most consecutive starts and games played by National Football League players

This is a list of the most consecutive starts and games played by a player by position in the NFL.Brett Favre's starts streak of 297 games is the longest all-time. Among defensive players, Jim Marshall's starts streak of 270 is the longest all-time. Of special note is punter Jeff Feagles, who played in 352 consecutive games which is the longest of all-time for a special teams player. Special teams players are not credited with starts in the NFL. In 2018, Ryan Kerrigan became the most recent player to surpass someone at his position for consecutive starts, having broken the previous mark for left outside linebackers previously held by Jason Gildon.Updated through 2018 season

Bold denotes an active streak

Mr. Football USA

Mr. Football USA also known as ESPN RISE National Player of the Year, formerly EA Sports Mr. Football USA, is an award presented to the United States high school football National Player of the year by ESPN HS. In 2013, the award was given by the - Will Grier, Davidson (North Carolina) QB

2012 - Max Browne, Skyline (Washington) QB

2011 – Johnathan Gray, Aledo (Texas) RB

2010 – Johnathan Gray, Aledo (Texas) RB (Jr.)

2009 – Dillon Baxter, Mission Bay (San Diego) QB-RB

2008 – Garrett Gilbert, Lake Travis (Austin, Texas) QB

2007 – Jacory Harris, Northwestern (Miami) QB

2006 – Darren Evans, Warren Central (Indianapolis) FB

2005 – Matthew Stafford, Highland Park (Dallas) QB

2004 – Chase Daniel, Carroll (Southlake, Texas) QB

2003 – Jeff Byers, Loveland (Loveland, Colo.) OL-DL

2002 – Chris Leak, Independence (Charlotte, N.C.) QB

2001 – Vince Young, Madison (Houston) QB

2000 – Cedric Benson, Robert E. Lee (Midland, Texas) RB

1999 – D. J. Williams, De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) RB-LB

1998 – J. R. House, Nitro (Nitro, W. Va.) QB

1997 – Ronald Curry, Hampton (Va.) QB-RB

1996 – Travis Henry, Frostproof (Fla.) RB

1995 – Tim Couch, Leslie County (Hyden, Ky.) QB

1994 – Chris Redman, Male (Louisville, Ky.) QB

1993 – Peyton Manning, Newman (New Orleans) QB

1992 – James Allen, Wynnewood (Okla.) RB

1991 – Steven Davis, Spartanburg (S.C.) RB

1990 – Derrick Brooks, Washington (Pensacola, Fla.) LB

1989 – Robert Smith, Euclid (Ohio) RB

1988 – Terry Kirby, Tabb (Va.) RB

1987 – Carl Pickens, Murphy (N.C.) WR

1986 – Emmitt Smith, Escambia (Pensacola, Fla.) RB

1985 – Jeff George, Warren Central (Indianapolis) QB

1984 – Andre Rison, Northwestern (Flint, Mich.) WR-DB

1983 – Chris Spielman, Washington (Massillon, Ohio) LB

1982 – Rod Woodson, Snider (Fort Wayne, Ind.) WR-DB

1981 – Marcus Dupree, Philadelphia (Miss.) RB

1980 – Bill Fralic, Penn Hills (Pittsburgh) OL

1979 – Herschel Walker, Johnson County (Wrightsville, Ga.) RB

1978 – Eric Dickerson, Sealy (Sealy) RB

1977 – Marcus Allen, Lincoln (San Diego) QB-RB

1976 – Freeman McNeil, Banning (Wilmington, Calif.) RB

1975 – Charles White, San Fernando (San Fernando, Calif.) RB

1974 – Billy Sims, Hooks (Hooks, Texas) RB

1973 – Earl Campbell, John Tyler (Tyler, Texas) RB

1972 – Tony Dorsett, Hopewell (Aliquippa, Pa.) RB

1971 – Dave Logan, Wheat Ridge (Wheat Ridge, Colo.) WR

1970 – Pat Haden, Bishop Amat (La Puente, Calif.) QB

Rico McCoy

Rico McCoy (born November 6, 1987) is an American football linebacker who is currently a free agent. He played collegiate football with the Tennessee Volunteers and was considered one of the best linebacker prospects available for the 2010 NFL Draft, drawing comparisons to Derrick Brooks. Not selected by any team, McCoy was picked up after the draft by the Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent.

Sirius XM NFL Radio

SiriusXM NFL Radio is a station on Sirius XM Radio channel 88 that is dedicated to the National Football League. Its personalities include several former players, coaches and front office executives including Gil Brandt, Derrick Brooks, Tim Brown, Rich Gannon, Pat Kirwan, James Lofton, John Madden, Anthony "Booger" McFarland, Jim Miller, Scott Pioli, Bill Polian, LaDainian Tomlinson, Ross Tucker, Amani Toomer and Solomon Wilcots. Hosts on the channel include Bob Papa, Bruce Murray, Alex Marvez, Jack Arute, Vic Carucci, Howard David, Dan Leberfeld, Steve Torre, Zig Fracassi and Jeff Rickard.

The channel had been known as "Sirius NFL Radio", but after the Sirius/XM merger, the channel name was changed. It was added to XM on September 20, 2008 as part of its "Premier" package and broadcasts on channel 88.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a professional American football franchise based in Tampa, Florida. The Buccaneers currently compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member team of the National Football Conference (NFC) South division. Along with the Seattle Seahawks, the team joined the NFL in 1976 as an expansion team. The Bucs played their first season in the American Football Conference (AFC) West division as part of the 1976 expansion plan, whereby each new franchise would play every other franchise over the first two years. After the season, the club switched conferences with the Seahawks and became a member of the NFC Central division. During the 2002 league realignment, the Bucs joined three former NFC West teams to form the NFC South. The club is owned by the Glazer family, and plays its home games at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

The Buccaneers are the first post-merger expansion team to win a division title, win a playoff game, and to host and play in a conference championship game; all three accomplishments occurred during the 1979 season. They are also the first team since the merger to complete a winning season when starting 10 or more rookies, which happened in the 2010 season. In 1976 and 1977, the Buccaneers lost their first 26 games. They would not win their first game in franchise history until Week 13, of 14, in 1977. After a brief winning era in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the team suffered through 14 consecutive losing seasons. Then, for a 10-year period, they were consistent playoff contenders and won Super Bowl XXXVII at the end of the 2002 season, but have not yet returned to the Super Bowl; thus the Bucs, along with the New Orleans Saints and New York Jets, are the only NFL teams to win their lone Super Bowl appearance.

As of the end of 2018 NFL season, the Buccaneers have played 43 seasons and compiled an overall record of 266–424–1, with a regular-season record of 255–404–1 and a playoff record of 6–9.

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