The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will officially announce their next Ring of Honor member on Tuesday, but Rick Stroud is breaking the unsurprising news: Derrick Brooks will be the team's next Ring of Honor inductee, joining the likes of John McKay, Lee Roy Selmon, Jimmie Giles, Paul Gruber and Warren Sapp.
Brooks will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year, making him the third Buccaneer to join that elite group after Lee Roy Selmon and Warren Sapp, who are already in the team's Ring of Honor. I'm not counting Steve Young as a Buccaneer for the Hall of Fame, for (I would hope) obvious reasons.
I don't have to list Brooks' accomplishments, but I'm going to do it anyway because it's fun: 11 Pro Bowl selections, 9 All-Pro selections (first and second team), "Whizzer" White and Walter Payton Man of the Year Awards, 2002 Defensive Player of the Year, 2002 NFL Alumni Linebacker of the Year, 2005 Pro Bowl MVP, elected to the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team. Oh, and he made it to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The Ring of Honor was never going to be complete without Brooks, one of the best players this franchise has ever seen.