Tampa Bay linebacker Derrick Brooks’ consecutive Pro Bowl streak appeared to end at nine in December when Chicago LB Lance Briggs was voted to the NFL all-star game in his place.
On Tuesday, Brooks’ Pro Bowl consecutive Pro Bowl streak was kept intact when the NFL announced that he would replace Briggs, who was injured during Super Bowl XLI, in the Pro Bowl, which will be played in Honolulu on Saturday, Feb. 10.
Brooks, who was named a Pro Bowl alternate back in December, becomes the fourth defensive player in NFL history to make 10 or more consecutive Pro Bowls, win the Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year award and win a Super Bowl. He joins LB Mike Singletary, LB Lawrence Taylor and DE Reggie White as the only defensive players to accomplish those three feats.
A 1995 first-round pick out of Florida State, Brooks finished the 2006 season with a team-leading 150 tackles along with three interceptions, one touchdown and seven passes defensed.
Brooks joins Bucs cornerback Ronde Barber and long snapper Dave Moore as Tampa Bay’s representatives in the 2007 Pro Bowl.
“Derrick has been one of our defensive leaders for many years, and to reach the Pro Bowl for the 10th time is certainly a very rare distinction,” Bucs head coach Jon Gruden said in a statement released by the team. “We are proud that he will join Ronde and Dave as representatives of our organization.”
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