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Derrick Brooks named president of Tampa Bay Storm
Derrick Brooks named president of Tampa Bay Storm

Tampa, FL -- Former Buccaneer All-Pro linebacker Derrick Brooks, was named President of the Tampa Bay Storm Arena Football League team.  His former Buc teammate, Jeff Gooch, was named Vice President of Football Operations.

As president, Brooks will direct all aspects of the Storm's business and football operations.  Head Coach Dave Ewart and assistants John Kaleo, Donnie Abraham and Nyle Wiren will remain with the team.

"We are very pleased to welcome Derrick and Jeff to the TBSE family," said Vinik upon making the announcement today. "When we purchased the Storm, we made the same commitment to our fans that we did in purchasing the Tampa Bay Lightning. 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."

"I look forward to the opportunity of working with Jeff Vinik and Tod Leiweke as we begin to shape the future of the Tampa Bay Storm," said Brooks upon accepting the new position. "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 and I'd like to thank Jeff Gooch for joining with me as Vice President of Football Operations. He will do a terrific job for us." 

Brooks, who turns 38 next week, retired from the National Football League on August 11, 2010 after 14 seasons with the Buccaneers. He was drafted out of Florida State University with the 28th selection in the first round of the 1995 NFL Draft. 

He never missed a game in his career, starting 221 of 224 games played. He was named the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 2002, the year he led the Bucs to a Super Bowl Championship. Brooks played in 11 NFL Pro Bowls, including 10 straight and he is the team's all-time leading tackler with 2,198 for his career.

The Storm have struggled so far in the 2011 season.  They're 1-3, after the departure of longtime head coach and general manager Tim Marcum.

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