July 29, 2021

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Two Buccaneer Greats Make NFL 100 All-Time Team

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Photo By: Cliff Welch/ Pewter Report

The NFL 100 All-Time Team selections began November 22nd, 2019 at 8:00 PM ET and will be compiled over six weeks to name the best players of all time. The list has been coming out in increments as each position group is selected. RBs, LBs, DEs, and DTs have been named so far. For a look, at the roster click here: 100 All-Time Team Roster

Two Tampa Bay Buccaneer players have been named so far; Defensive end Lee Roy Selmon and Linebacker Derrick Brooks!

Lee Roy Selmon was an absolute monster on the football field. He terrorized quarterbacks, running backs, and full-backs, basically anyone who was wearing an opposing team jersey. Off the field, Selmon was the nicest person you could ever meet. They called him the gentle giant and for good reason. The NFL began officially recording sack statistics in 1982, in which he is given a total of 23 sacks between ’82 and’84, however, BucPower.com has kept an accurate account of everything Tampa Bay Buccaneers since their first preseason snap in 1976! Thankfully, Paul Stewart had done so, or many fans would have never known that Selmon in his career recorded 78.5 sacks which are 1.5 more sacks than Warren Sapp, who owns the official franchise record for career sacks. Selmon was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ very first draft pick and was selected number one overall in the 1976 NFL Draft. Selmon was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995 and is the first Tampa Bay Buccaneers player to have a bust in canton.

Lee Roy Selmon’s career stats (1976-1984) according to BucPower.com:

121 games played – 117 starts

78.5 sacks – 742 tackles

Selmon is a legend and a legacy in the Tampa Bay Area. He earned 6 Pro Bowl trips, 2 First-Team All-Pro, 3 First-Team All-Pro, 1979 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, 1979 NFL Defensive Lineman of the Year, 1980’s All-Decade Team, his Jersey retired, Buccaneers Ring oh Honor and Tampa (Houlihan) Stadium Krewe of Honor. There is no question as to why his statue can be seen standing proudly at the corner of Florida Avenue in downtown Tampa, and he has an Expressway named after him. How many can say that? Selmon also had a soul food restaurant chain, named after himself, of course, which is no longer with us. I sure do miss that fried chicken!!! Not many of our younger fans did not have the chance to personally witness Selmon in action, but there is no denying what Selmon meant to the Bay Area and to this football team. The writing is literally on the wall!

 

Who’s your favorite player? Mr. Derrick Brooks! Brooks is a household name among Buccaneers fans and rightly so, and his 14-year career tells us why. He was drafted 28th overall as a pair of Buccaneers defensive players selected that year (Warren Sapp 12th overall). Brooks was the second linebacker picked in the first round that year, Mark Fields going first to the New Orleans Saints, and despite Fields having a great career, it holds no candle to Derrick Brookses’. Number five-five played in 224 games, starting in all of them, but three during his rookie season. His career was nothing sort of amazing. Brooks ranks 6th among all Linebacker in NFL history in solo tackles with 1,297 (According to Pro Football Reference), which put him 7 tackles ahead of another beast mode Bucs’ Linebacker, Hardy Nickerson. However, BucPower.com tells a different story. * This is likely due to the fact that the NFL does not have Tackle data available prior to 2001. According to BucPower.com, which did record the Stat, Brooks recorded 1,497 solo tackles and 2,195 combined tackles! Just incredible! Mr. Derrick Brooks had the type of career that not only wowed spectators and earn him so many awards such as 11 Pro Bowls, 4 Second-Team All-Pro, 5 First-Team All-Pro, Walter Payton Man of the Year, NFL 2000’s All-Decade Team, Buccaneers Ring of Honor, 2002 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, and his jersey retired, it also earned him a first-ballot Hall of Fame induction. He is only the third Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ player who had played their entire career in Tampa to be enshrined in Canton.

Derrick Brooks career stats (1995-2008) according to BucPower.com:

224 games played – 221 starts

25 interceptions – 133 pass defends

13.5 sacks – 2,195 total tackles.

Brooks is number two in Buccaneers franchise history in games played (224) which is just behind fellow teammate Ronde Barber (241), number one all-time in Buccaneers franchise history in solo tackles (1297 official NFL number post-2001), and is third in Buccaneers franchise history in interception return yards (530). But Brooks did not stop taking over franchise records there. He is number two in franchise history for interceptions returned for a touchdown (6), fifth in interceptions (25), number one in forced fumbles (24), number three in pass defends (84), number two in franchise history for the longest interception returned (97 yards)  he is listed as fourth in franchise history in tackles for a loss (68), but those numbers can be wonky as recording that stat is all over the place. There is no debating that not only was Derrick Brooks one of Tampa’s best Linebackers of all-time, but also one of the NFL’s best of all-time (I won’t even argue that fact with anyone because that is simply my opinion).

The Bucs were snubbed when it came to all-time running back selections and that’s fine. I am pretty sure it was hard for Chris Collinsworth, Bill Belichick, and Rich Eisen to not put Mike Alstott on that list, but the list they have is spot on!