PENSACOLA, Fla., - The Pensacola Blue Wahoos are proud to announce NFL Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks as the keynote speaker at the Southern League Hall of Fame Luncheon on Tuesday, June 20 at New World Landing in Pensacola.
A native of Pensacola, Brooks is a great example of integrity and giving back. Named the Walter Payton/NFL Man of the Year award in 2002, Brooks sponsors Under the Lights Pensacola Youth Flag League powered by Under Armour which has played in Blue Wahoos Stadium.
"I am thrilled to be asked to be part of this historic event," said Brooks. "While my body no longer lives in Pensacola, my heart has never left. I continue to be involved in the area and look forward to more opportunities to make a difference."
The Southern League Hall of Fame Luncheon is an opportunity for fans to dine with the All-Stars as we induct Tom Glavine, Gabe Kapler and Tony La Russa into the Southern League Hall of Fame. Tickets to the Southern League Hall of Fame Luncheon are available at both individual seats and tables. Tickets can be purchased online at BlueWahoos.com or by calling 850-934-8444.
Born in Pensacola, Brooks attended Washington High School where he was named to the Florida High School Athletic Association All-Century Team.
At Florida State, Brooks was a two-time consensus All-American at outside linebacker and lead FSU to its first national title in 1993. Excelling off the field, he earned first team Academic All-America honors in 1994 and winning an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
Brooks carried his excellence both on the field and as a citizen into his Hall of Fame career as the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers' all-time leading tackler. He was voted to 10 consecutive Pro Bowls (11 total). He led the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl Championship in 2002. As a professional, Brooks was the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the 2000 Walter Payton/NFL Man of the Year award, the 2003 Bart Starr Award, the 2004 Bryon "Whizzer" White Award, and the 2008 JB Award through the NFL Players Association, all of which recognize an NFL player annually for their commitment to the communities in which they live.
Tickets to the 2017 Southern League All-Star Game and Home Run Derby are on sale now! Purchase tickets online at bluewahoos.com or visiting the Box Office. Orders can also be placed over the phone by calling 850-934-8444. The Pensacola Blue Wahoos are the Double-A Affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds and a member of the Southern League. Follow the Pensacola Blue Wahoos at BlueWahoos.com, facebook.com/PensacolaBlueWahoos and twitter.com/BlueWahoosBBall.
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