Tributes Include Special Honorary Captains and “Hero of the Game”On Sunday, September 14, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will induct 2014 first-ballot Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks into the club’s Ring of Honor during halftime of the team’s home game against the St. Louis Rams. The team will also formally retire No. 55 in honor of Brooks’ contributions to the franchise.
Brooks will be the sixth inductee into the team’s Ring of Honor, joining Hall of Fame defensive end Lee Roy Selmon, former Head Coach John McKay, former Pro Bowl tight end Jimmie Giles, former All-Pro tackle Paul Gruber and Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp. Brooks will also be the third Buccaneer to have his number retired, along with Selmon (No. 63) and Sapp (No. 99).
In addition, Brooks will be formally presented with his Pro Football Hall of Fame Ring. A first-ballot selection in 2014, Brooks was officially enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio on August 2, along with Ray Guy, Claude Humphrey, Walter Jones, Andre Reed, Michael Strahan, and Aeneas Williams.
DERRICK BROOKS BOBBLEHEAD, SPONSORED BY BRIGHT HOUSE NETWORKS
In acknowledgement of Sunday’s celebration, all fans in attendance will receive a special edition commemorative Derrick Brooks bobblehead, sponsored by Bright House Networks. Brooks becomes the first Buccaneer since Mike Alstott in 2008 to have a bobblehead produced by the team in his likeness. The limited-edition figures will be distributed at all major entry points into the stadium on Sunday (limit one per ticketed fan).
HONORARY CAPTAINS: BRIANNA, DECALON, DARIUS, AND DANIA BROOKS
Following player introductions, the Buccaneers will welcome Derrick and Carol Brooks’ children – Brianna, Decalon, Darius, and DaNia – to serve as the team’s honorary captains. They will assist with the coin toss at midfield alongside Buccaneers team captains Lavonte David, Vincent Jackson, Michael Koenen, Josh McCown and Gerald McCoy.
HERO OF THE GAME: U.S. ARMY SERGEANT FIRST CLASS (RETIRED) DARRELL BROOKS
Before kickoff, the Buccaneers will continue a gameday tradition by honoring the team’s military “Hero of the Game.” At every Buccaneers home game, a military service member is stationed on the Pirate Ship in Buccaneer Cove to ring the bell and ready the team for battle. On Sunday, the Buccaneers will honor U.S. Army Sergeant First Class (retired) Darrell Brooks. The cousin of Sunday’s Ring of Honor inductee, Sergeant First Class Brooks served in the U.S. Army for 21 years, both state-side and overseas, including tours in Korea, Germany, Kuwait, and throughout Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. For his bravery and commitment to service, Sergeant First Class Brooks received the Presidential Unit Citation, among many other accolades. To learn more about this gameday tradition, visit www.buccaneers.com/salute.
Along with honoring Brooks, the Buccaneers will continue gameday efforts to inspire physical activity with young fans and support those who have sacrificed for others, including:
BUCCANEERS KIDS ZONE AT RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM
The Buccaneers will once again bring the Buccaneers Kids Zone to Raymond James Stadium on Sunday. Set up adjacent to Tampa Bay Boulevard, immediately south of Raymond James Stadium, the Kids Zone includes inflatable football activities, the Glazer Family Foundation Vision Mobile, and interactive football drills for children to enjoy free of charge to showcase the team's commitment to the NFL PLAY 60 campaign that encourages youth activity for at least 60 minutes a day. The Buccaneers will offer children the opportunity to participate in the Kids Zone between 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. in Lot 5 (Tampa Bay Boulevard between Gates B and C), prior to kickoff, including visits by Buccaneers Cheerleaders from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. and Captain Fear from 2:30 – 3:00 p.m.
NATIONAL ANTHEM: SISAUNDRA LEWIS
Sunday’s national anthem will be performed by Florida native and American singer, songwriter and producer Sisaundra Lewis, contestant on Season Six of The Voice.
BUCCANEERS SALUTE TO SERVICE SUITE
At every Buccaneers home game at Raymond James Stadium, the team honors a distinguished group of military members in the Salute to Service Suite. Fans are encouraged to join players and coaches during a break in play in the second quarter to thank local servicemen and servicewomen for their sacrifices, including:
- From the Air Force, Technical Sergeant Kristopher Parrish and Technical Sergeant Justin Herrick
- From the Army, Staff Sergeant Stephen Wilson and Sergeant Kayla Kral
- From the Marines, Sergeant Robert Nadeau
- From the Navy, Petty Officer First Class Brian Meade
- From the Coast Guard, Petty Officer Randy Burleson and Petty Officer Sean Heredia
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