Derrick Brooks takes over for Matt Birk as NFL appeals officer

Derrick Brooks was elected to the Hall of Fame in February. (USATSI)
Derrick Brooks was elected to the Hall of Fame in February. (USATSI)

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With former Ravens center Matt Birk moving to a new position as the NFL director of football development, the NFL and NFLPA announced Friday that his replacement as a league appeals officer will be 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Derrick Brooks.

That means, like Birk before him, Brooks will hear player appeals for on-field disciplinary measures along with former coach Ted Cottrell.

“Derrick views this game with a very unique understanding as both a player and a team president,” said Troy Vincent, the NFL executive vice president of football operations. “His review of appeals will be informed by experience as a player and as an executive."

Brooks was elected to the Hall of Fame on the first ballot last February, and from 1995-2008, he was a standout linebacker for the Buccaneers, making the Pro Bowl 11 times and helping Tampa Bay win its only Super Bowl.

“Derrick was jointly selected by the Players and the NFL and we expect he will bring expertise and professionalism to his role as an arbitration officer,” said Jason Belser, the NFLPA senior director of player affairs and Development.  “We look forward to working with him."

As directed in the current CBA, Brooks and Cottrell are jointly appointed and jointly compensated by the NFL and the NFLPA. 

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