Derrick Brooks ready for Hall of Fame induction

Tampa, Florida -- The details are just about all taken of. In just 10 days, Derrick Brooks becomes the third Buccaneer in the Hall of Fame.

10 News Sports Anchor Dave Wirth sat down with the 14-year Buc linebacker recently, and Brooks just look back and see that the game was better because Derrick Brooks was a part of it," he said. "I just want to say the same thing now about being a Hall of Fame inductee."

Brooks still goes about his daily life, as president of the Tampa Bay Storm, always looking for ways to improve the team.

But that Saturday in Canton, Aug. 2, when he's inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame will change everything.

Brooks has been working on his speech... His thoughts are coming together... And he's trying to remember the best piece of advice he's received... Just have fun with it...

"The hard work is done, you've had a Hall of Fame career, so just try to have fun with your speech," Brooks said. "Try to thank those who have been extremely important, and if someone gets left out, just apologize... You know, we're human beings."

The issue of his presenter has been settled, too. Derrick and his wife, Carol, wanted all four of their children to do it. But it had to be one -- his oldest son Decalon.

"In essence, the other kids all helped him prepare, obviously. My wife helped him be comfortable in the moment. ... My family did the best they could to make sure he did a good job."

And when Derrick becomes the third Buccaneer to enter the Hall, he'll think back to that moment when he was drafted. And the moment when he made the Hall of Fame.

"When I got that call at the Super Bowl, Lee Roy Selmon was definitely on my mind," Brooks said. "I knew I was getting ready to see Warren as well. You just think about what he meant for our franchise, and really to do a lot of things in his footsteps. The influence on my life, has really been a great influence on my life."


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