Derrick Brooks came to Florida State as one of the most heralded recruits ever and left FSU having set a new standard for the outside linebacker position.
A two-time consensus All-American and an NFL first-round draft choice in 1995, Brooks was a dominating linebacker who was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year as a junior in 1994 and a three-time All-ACC first team selection during his career. His ability to run like a receiver and make plays like a defensive back made him one of the most exciting players in all of college football.
Brooks earned four varsity letters (1991-94) and was the defensive leader on Florida State's first national championship team in 1993. He recorded 274 career tackles and was a finalist for the Butkus, Lombardi, and Football Writer's National Defensive Player of the Year as a junior and senior. Brooks was also a top scholar-athlete who won an NCAA post-graduate scholarship and earned Academic All-America honors following his senior season. He was a GTE Academic All-America second team selection and named the ACC All-Academic team as a junior.