"We took it to heart," Brooks said, adding that someone had suggested to him that the Bucs' decision to induct him into the Ring of Honor was one of "worst-kept" secrets in town because it comes the same year he joined Sapp as a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
"I don't look at it that way. As I told Mr. Glazer, you don't take anything for granted. You don't make any assumptions," Brooks said. "Today is a very important day in my life. To have my number retired is extremely special, too."