MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Buccaneers Hall of Fame Derrick Brooks is co-chairman of Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl host committee. And how fitting the guy who wore #55 will help plan Super Bowl 55.
Brooks will always remembered for what he did on the football field, but now he’s part of another Super Bowl in a much different way.
“I’m truly, truly excited to be a part of it. And as they say the grind is real.”
The grind involves being a part of planning everything that goes into bringing the world’s biggest sporting event back to Tampa.
“Our Bay Area deserves this opportunity. So we are down here in Miami really educating ourselves in terms of the good, bad and ugly," said Brooks.
We also ran into Derrick’s old teammate Warrick Dunn. He still lives in Tampa and is glad to see the Super Bowl returning.
“I love the city. It’s home. And I love palm trees and water, so I always gotta come back," said Dunn.
Security is always a major issue for the Super Bowl. Miami is locked down tight. And law enforcement and first responders from around Tampa Bay are also here. They’ve had lots of experience with so many other big events in recent years.
“We are good at it. We like the big events. The Gasparillas, the College Football Championship. I think Mayor Castor kids that if you give her two weeks notice, she could put a parade together," said Tampa Police Assistant Chief Rueben Delgado.
This will Tampa’s fifth Super Bowl, first since 2009.
“It’s something that we enjoy doing. It’s a lot of work. And this one if the biggest of them all," said Delgado.