Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Derrick Brooks named Storm president
ESPN.com news services
Derrick Brooks is returning to pro football in Tampa Bay -- not with the Buccaneers -- but as president of the five-time Arena Football League champion Storm.
The 37-year-old Brooks, who hasn't played since the 2008 season and officially retired last August, joins former Buccaneers teammate Jeff Gooch, 36, who was named vice president of football operations, in the Storm's front office.
"Our goals focus on winning football games while serving our fans and the Tampa Bay community in a world class manner. Derrick and Jeff, who are both well respected in the NFL and Tampa Bay communities, will lead our efforts on and off the field; they are a perfect fit for us," Storm chairman Jeff Vinik said in a statement announcing the hirings.
Brooks played 14 seasons, helping transform the Buccaneers from a franchise that had been the laughingstock of the NFL into Super Bowl champions. He was the NFL defensive player of the year in 2002, the season the Bucs won the Super Bowl.
He finished his career with 1,658 tackles, 13½ sacks, 25 interceptions and 24 forced fumbles. He never missed a game and started 221 of his 224 career games.
The 11-time Pro Bowl selection also has worked as an ESPN NFL analyst.
"Football is clearly a passion, and although I am not playing anymore, I look forward to leading from the front office. This is a great challenge," Brooks said in the statement.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.