2010 NFL Preseason: Predicting the All-NFC South Defense

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2010 NFL Preseason: Predicting the All-NFC South Defense
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If there was ever such a thing as the NFC South Hall of Fame, Derrick Brooks, who just may get into Canton on the first ballot when he's eligible in 2014, would be the first man in.

His stats speak for themselves. Even though his career began seven years before the NFC South was formed in 2002, he still was named an All-Pro three times and the Pro Bowl six times as a member of the division before being forced out of Tampa Bay after the 2008 season.

In total, Brooks was named a first team All-Pro five times and was an 11-time Pro Bowler.

I don't know if any NFC South defensive player ever had a better season than Brooks' 2002 campaign. He intercepted five passes, forced a fumble, recovered a fumble, scored four touchdowns, and led the league's number one defense in tackles.

Brooks also scored a touchdown in Tampa Bay's 48-21 Super Bowl win over the Oakland Raiders.

Brooks is retired now and had joined ESPN's cast of thousands as an NFL analyst.

The following 11 players all aspire to make an impact on the NFC South this year as Brooks did during his seven seasons in the division.

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