Often-overlooked Brooks has spot reserved in Canton

It would be a stretch to call Derrick Brooks the best linebacker ever, but he definitely deserves to be in the conversation, writes Pat Yasinskas.

Originally Published: June 10, 2008
By Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.com

TAMPA, Fla. -- When Michael Strahan announced his retirement Monday, a door automatically popped open in Canton, Ohio.

Five summers from now, he'll join Brett Favre in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. With Strahan, there is no doubt he'll go in on the first ballot.

How many active players can you say that about with absolute certainty?

Give yourself 10 seconds and spill out your answers. Peyton Manning, Tom Brady -- yeah, that's obvious. LaDainian Tomlinson's ...

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