Sunday, February 12, 2006
Derrick Brooks earns the Dan McGuire Pro Bowl Player of the Game award
Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks holds up the Pro Bowl MVP trophy following the NFC's 23-17 win over the AFC in the Pro Bowl.
Congratulation to Derrick Brooks, Derrick Brooks earned the Dan McGuire Pro Bowl Player of the Game award.
Brooks, our Tampa Bay Buccaneer linebacker playing in his ninth straight Pro Bowl, made the biggest play, returning an interception 59 yards for a touchdown. He received a car on the field shortly after the game ended.
``I stand real humble,'' Brooks said. ``I've been here a few times, and I don't have many wins. It was just important for me to get the win. Obviously, this award is a reflection of the NFC defense. We went out there and played a fine game.''
Derrick has all but assured his place in the NFL Hall of Fame:
* Long considered the NFLs best linebacker.
*9-Time Pro Bowl Selection (1997-2006)
* Dan McGuire Pro Bowl Player of the Game award (2006)
*NFL's Defensive Player of the Year (2002)
*Only linebacker in NFL history to have three interception returns for a touchdown in a season (2002)
*His four touchdowns on turnovers (2002) are tied for second-most in a single season in NFL history.
*Added an interception return for a score in Tampa Bay's Super Bowl XXXVII victory...
*Team captain instrumental in leading Tampa Bay to its first Super Bowl championship in 2002. *Won Super Bowl XXXVII
*Has earned NFC Player of the Week honors five times.
*Player of the Month honors twice during his career.
*Named to the Associated Press All-Pro team six consecutive times (every year from 1999-2004)
*Tied for the NFL lead with nine consecutive seasons (1996-2004) of 100 or more tackles (also Miami LB Zach Thomas).
*Ranks as the most prolific tackler in franchise history with 1,601 stops.
*Ranks sixth in club history with 20 career interceptions.
*Named team MVP by the Tampa Sports Club (fan) in 2002, 1999 (along with Sapp), 1998 and 1996.
*Has scored six regular season touchdowns in his career, second-most in team history by a defensive player.
*Has totaled 20 career INTs, 20 forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, 10.5 sacks, 103 passes defensed and 10 special teams tackles.
*Has played in 160 consecutive games and has posted 144 straight starts, the most among all active NFL defensive players while also leading all active Buccaneer players.
*He was the co-recipient of the 2000 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.
*He was named to the Florida State University Board of Trustees in 2003, by Governor Jeb Bush.