Tampa, Florida -- In addition to naming Derrick Brooks as the 6th member of the Bucs' Ring of Honor, the team will retire Brooks' #55 at the ceremony in September.
At halftime of the Sep. 14 game with the Rams, #55 will be the third number retired by the Bucs. The others were Lee Roy Selmon's #63 and Warren Sapp's #99.
It came as no surprise that Derrick Brooks will be in the Ring of Honor. The situation was similar last year, when Sapp was named to the Ring ... in the same year he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Brooks will be enshrined later this summer.
Today's announcement was attended by dozens of Brooks' former Buc teammates and coaches.
"For them to take time out of their day to take a few moments with me, I can't thank them enough," Brooks told 10 Sports. "I tried to be the best leader I could be to them ... The outpouring of support they have for me ... Not only as a teammate, but as a man ... I can't thank God enough for having those guys up here today."
Derrick Brooks played 14 seasons with the Bucs, and never missed a game. His first three games in 1995, he came off the bench to play. After that, Derrick started every game in his career. He left as the team's all-time leading tackler. He made 11 Pro Bowls, was named All-Pro 9 times, was Defensive Player of the Year in 2002 along with winning the Super Bowl.