1. Linebacker Derrick Brooks: Played 14 seasons for the Buccaneers from 1995 to 2008. Originally viewed as a potential safety, Brooks revolutionized the weakside linebacker position with his great quickness and outstanding instincts. He made the Pro Bowl 11 times and is the franchise leader in tackles by a ridiculous margin.
Why is Brooks No. 1?
Mr. Derrick Brooks did it all for the Buccaneers and the Tampa Bay area. He was greatly involved in community service and won the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award for his off-the-field contributions in 2000. On the field though, Brooks was a beast. He never missed a game in his 14 seasons and started 208 consecutive games (219 if you count the playoffs). Brooks was an All-Pro nine times, won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2002, and also helped the Bucs win their first Super Bowl in '02.
Brooks' Legacy With The Buccaneers:
"Double Nickel" will always be one of the most beloved Bucs. He was a humble man and always made time for the media and fans. He has spent nearly his entire life contributing to Florida sports; he played college ball at Florida State and is currently the President for the AFL's Tampa Bay Storm.
But many fans will never forget what he accomplished while wearing pewter and red on the field. Brooks was undoubtedly the leader of Tampa Bay's defense for over a decade and he led by example with his tremendous play. Brooks recorded 2,195 tackles during his 14 seasons, which is nearly 800 more than the next closest person – Ronde Barber. He also amassed 133 passes defensed, 25 interceptions, and 13.5 sacks during his illustrious career.
It was a close call between Brooks and Selmon for the No. 1 spot on our countdown. But Brooks is most certainly a first-ballot Hall of Famer with a ridiculous resume. The one thing that he has over Selmon is that Super Bowl ring, which is why Brooks should be considered the greatest Buccaneer of all-time.
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