Hall of Fame LB Derrick Brooks hired as appeals officer in NFL

Former Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Aug. 2.

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TAMPA, Fla. — Derrick Brooks, one of the most respected players in Tampa Bay Buccaneers history and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014, was announced as an appeals officer Friday for on-field discipline starting the upcoming NFL season.

The former linebacker, who will be inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 2, will hear appeals on on-field discipline and replace Matt Birk, named the NFL’s director of football development earlier in July. Brooks will join Ted Cottrell, a former NFL player and coach, as the league’s two appeal officers this year.

"Derrick views this game with a very unique understanding as both a player and a team president," said Troy Vincent, the NFL’s Executive vice president of football operations. "His review of appeals will be informed by experience as a player and as an executive."

"Derrick was jointly selected by the Players and the NFL and we expect he will bring expertise and professionalism to his role as an arbitration officer," said Jason Belser, the NFLPA’s senior director of player affairs and development. "We look forward to working with him."

The NFL and NFLPA jointly appoint and jointly compensate Brooks and Cottrell. Brooks played for the Bucs from 1995-2008 and was elected to the Pro Bowl 11 times.

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