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Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014, Derrick Brooks played 14 seasons for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after being selected in the first round (28th overall) of the 1995 NFL Draft. Brooks was the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2002 and was named to 10 consecutive Pro Bowls, tied for second in NFL history for most consecutive Pro Bowls by a linebacker. He was a team captain who was instrumental in leading Tampa Bay to its first Super Bowl championship following the 2002 season. Off the field, Brooks has earned numerous awards for his civic work, including the 2000 Walter Payton/NFL Man of the Year award, the 2004 Byron “Whizzer” White Award and the 2003 Bart Starr Award. He continues his service to the community through Derrick Brooks Charities.
Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017, Tomlinson was elected fifth in the 2001 NFL draft and began his NFL career with the San Diego Chargers. In his first eight years in the league, he rushed for over 1,000 yards and scored double-digit touchdowns every season. In 2006, he rushed for an incredible 1,815 yards, and racked up an NFL-record 28 rushing touchdowns. That year, he won the NFL rushing title, and was named both the NFL MVP and Associated Press' Offensive Player of the Year. He won the rushing title again in 2007. In 2010, he joined the New York Jets, where he played for two seasons before retiring. Tomlinson finished his career with 13,684 rushing yards (5th all-time) an 162 touchdowns (3rd all-time). He was selected to five pro-bowls, and was an All-Pro six times. Off the field, Tomlinson donates his time and resources to various charitable organizations including his Tomlinson Touching Lives Foundation.
During his 10 seasons on the field, Quarles helped lead the Buccaneers to three division titles (1999, 2002 and 2005) while also earning a world championship following the 2002 season in Super Bowl XXXVII. He made his first Pro Bowl appearance in 2002 as a member of the top-ranked defensive unit in the NFL. Quarles was a member of a Buccaneers defense that ranked first in the NFL in total defense on two occasions (2002 and 2004) and finished in the Top 10 in eight of his 10 years as a player. Off the field, Quarles founded the IMPACT Foundation, which has raised over $500,000 and impacted the lives of over 3,000 at-risk single-parent families in the Tampa Bay Area.
Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys in 2001, Evans parlayed that opportunity into a 9-year NFL career with the Cowboys, Washington Redskins and San Francisco 49ers. Evans played in 126 games at Defensive End, recording 174 tackles and 14.5 sacks. While in the NFL, Evans founded the “92 Blessings Foundation” to assist 92 families each year with food and gifts during the holidays. After his playing career ended, he returned to college to complete his degree and earned a degree in child and family development from the University of Georgia in 2011.