Buccaneers LB Derrick Brooks inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame

CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- Linebacker Derrick Brooks has kicked off the Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremonies with what he called a "Thank you letter."

Brooks was the first of the seven-member 2014 class to open the induction ceremony in Canton on Saturday night.

During a 24-minute speech, the 11-time Pro Bowl selection paid tribute to family members, teammates and coaches, from his Pop Warner playing days to his 14 NFL seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Brooks referred to former Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy as his mentor. And he thanked Dungy's successor, Jon Gruden, for helping the Buccaneers believe they could be champions.

 It was under Gruden when Bucs blossomed into Super Bowl winners during the 2002 season in which Brooks earned NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors.

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