Derrick Brooks to hear NFL appeals

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August, has a new job.

Brooks will serve as an appeals officer, the NFL and NFL Players Association announced Friday morning. Brooks will hear appeals for on-field discipline. He replaces Matt Birk, who was named the NFL director of football development this month.

Brooks played for the Bucs from 1995 through 2008 and has served as president of the Arena Football League’s Tampa Bay Storm since 2011.

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

Brooks and long-time NFL assistant coach Ted Cottrell will serve as the appeals officers for the 2014 season.