Rumors of Tedy Bruschi taking a shot at Derrick Brooks on ESPN were swirling out there for more than a week, and the dean of Tampa Bay sports radio, Steve Duemig of WDAE-AM 620, fielded his share of calls about the slam. Bruschi said on the air that Brooks is not a first ballot Hall of Fame selection
. Brooks acknowledged he was aware of it and said “some things are better left unsaid.” However, Brooks kept talking anyway. “My resume says it all,” Brooks said. “[Bruschi] has an opinion and I give it to him. …If he’s wrong, he’ll hear it from me. It’ll be three years of pent-up” anger. Brooks is eligible for induction in three years. Of course, every Bucs fan knows Brooks was a five-time All-Pro, earned a defensive player of the year award, was an anchor of arguably the best defense the NFL has seen and didn’t miss a start in his final 13 seasons and made 11 Pro Bowls.