Derrick Brooks to be inducted in 2014 NFL Hall of Fame class

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The Pro Football Hall of Fame will induct Derrick Brooks as part of their 2014 Hall of Fame class. We don't know whether John Lynch or Tony Dungy made it in so far.

Derrick Brooks will be part of the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame class, at least if we can believe his own twitter account.

Derrick Brooks' credentials are impeccable. Brooks went to 11 Pro Bowls, was selected as a first-team All-Pro five times, made it to the 2000s All-Decade Team and the Defensive Player of the Year Award for the 2002 season. He practically invented the weakside linebacker position, and was probably the single most important player in all of those great Tampa Bay defenses.

Brooks joins Warren Sapp and Lee Roy Selmon as the only "true" Buccaneers in the Hall of Fame, with one-time Buc Steve Young hanging around there somewhere, too.

In addition to all of the on-field credentials, he was also impeccable off the field and in the locker room. Brooks was and remains a constant factor in the Tampa Bay community, and was the undisputed leader for nearly every Bucs team he was a part of. Without him, there's no Tampa 2, there's no all-star defense, and there's no Super Bowl in Tampa. And now, there's no Hall of Fame without Derrick Brooks.

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