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    Derrick Brooks tackles politics

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    By Bill Vilona,

    His tenure serving on the Florida State University Board of Trustees provided Derrick Brooks some insight into navigating a political minefield.

    Good thing, too. Brooks, who recently returned to Pensacola, is helping minority businesses partner to help with the Community Maritime Park project.

    Now that Brooks -- a Washington High and FSU grad -- is retired from the NFL, the future Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is tackling many business ventures at the same time. His company has expanded throughout Florida.

    But he'll readily admit the challenge to get Pensacola to work together for a common goal in anything is tougher than sacking Drew Brees.

    "It's been very interesting," Brooks said, with a wry smile. "This is a very complex puzzle and trying to get it all to fit together is not easy."

    That said, Brooks expects the project to happen and it will enhance Pensacola.

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