NFL legend Derrick Brooks speaks to Vols before Outback Bowl

One of the best linebackers in football stopped by to see the Vols.
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As No. 23 Tennessee continues to prepare for its New Year’s Day Outback Bowl against No. 13 Northwestern, one of Tampa’s local legends stopped by to speak to the team. Derrick Brooks, former Tampa Bay Buccaneer standout and Pro Football Hall of Famer took time from his schedule to speak to the Vols before Tuesday’s bowl practice.

The personification of class combined with a level of on-the-field production few linebackers have ever been able to match, Brooks is a man every football player can look up to. In his 14 year NFL career, Brooks made 11 Pro Bowls and helped the Buccaneers win Super Bowl 38. 

Showcasing his character off the field and his play on it, Brooks also won the 2000 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award as well as the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2002. Both Florida State (No. 10) and the Buccaneers (No. 55) retired his jersey number after his playing career.

If any Tennessee’s defenders play up to the level of Brooks’ play on New Year’s, expect the Vols to win in a rout.

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