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The Best Tampa Bay Buccaneers of All Time 

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A list of the best Tampa Bay Buccaneers of all time. Formed in 1976, the Buccaneers had some really, really bad teams for the first part of its history. Despite a few playoff trips in the late '70s and early '80s, the Bucs were tough to watch. They did have one of the best defensive ends in NFL history in Lee Roy Selmon. The same goes for legendary quarterback Doug Williams. Unfortunately for the Buccaneers, Williams left the team for the USFL in a contract dispute. It took them years to recover. In the mid-'90s, the Buccaneers finally started to turn things around when they started to acquire the players that would make up the foundation of contending teams to come. Many of these players are considered the best in team history. Some, like lineman Warren Sapp, are some of top at their respective position. Sapp in particular is one of the best defensive tackles of all time.

Derrick Brooks, Ronde Barber and John Lynch were all parts of strong defensive teams that were perennial playoff contenders. On offense, fullback Mike Alstott was one of the team's most popular players because of his hard-nosed running. Finally after the 2003 season, the Bucs captured their first Super Bowl title behind the efforts of some of the best players in team history one of the best defenses of all time.

This is the list of the best Tampa Bay Buccaneers of all time. If you see someone missing from this list, feel free to add him. Vote or rerank this list according to who you think is the greatest Tampa Bay Buccaneers player of all time.
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Derrick Brooks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Buccaneers of All Time
Linebacker from Pensacola, Florida

Age: 45

Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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#106 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #31 of 542 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #8 of 155 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time

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Warren Sapp is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Buccaneers of All Time
Defensive tackle and Defensive end from Orlando, Florida, United States of America

Age: 43

Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oakland Raiders, Miami Hurricanes football

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#128 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #35 of 542 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #5 of 64 The Best Miami Football Players of All Time

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Ronde Barber is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Buccaneers of All Time
Cornerback and Safety from Blacksburg, Virginia, United States of America

Age: 43

Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Virginia Cavaliers football

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Mike Alstott is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Buccaneers of All Time

Age: 45

Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Purdue Boilermakers football

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John Lynch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Buccaneers of All Time
John Lynch

Age: 44

Teams: Stanford Cardinal football, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos

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#134 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #47 of 542 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #13 of 49 The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time

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Lee Roy Selmon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Buccaneers of All Time
Defensive end from Eufaula, Oklahoma

Age: Died at 57 (1954-2011)

Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oklahoma Sooners football

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Simeon Rice is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Buccaneers of All Time
Simeon Rice Defensive end from Chicago, Illinois

Age: 41

Teams: Indianapolis Colts, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals, Hartford Colonials

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#332 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #209 of 350 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #171 of 542 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History

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Warrick Dunn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Buccaneers of All Time
ejlinehan added Running back from Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Age: 44

Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Atlanta Falcons, Florida State Seminoles football

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Lavonte David is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Buccaneers of All Time
JabariParker12 added Linebacker from Miami, Florida

Age: 25

Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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#211 of 542 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #124 of 155 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time #14 of 71 The Best Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Players of All Time

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Mike Evans is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Buccaneers of All Time
CMCSS03 added Wide receiver from Galveston, Texas

Age: 22

Teams: Texas A&M Aggies football

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Hardy Nickerson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Buccaneers of All Time
Hardy Nickerson Linebacker from Compton, California

Age: 50

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#438 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #112 of 350 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #137 of 542 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History

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Gerald McCoy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Buccaneers of All Time
Defensive tackle from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Age: 27

Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oklahoma Sooners football

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#782 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #181 of 542 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #31 of 87 The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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Doug Williams is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Buccaneers of All Time
Quarterback from Zachary, Louisiana

Age: 63

Teams: Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Outlaws, Grambling State Tigers football

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James Wilder is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Buccaneers of All Time
muzziac added Running back and Fullback from Sikeston, Missouri

Age: 60

Teams: Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Detroit Lions

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Vincent Jackson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Buccaneers of All Time
ejlinehan added Wide receiver from Fort Polk, Louisiana

Age: 36

Teams: Northern Colorado Bears football, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Diego Chargers

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#530 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #81 of 248 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time #18 of 132 The Best San Diego Chargers of All Time

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Paul Gruber is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Buccaneers of All Time
slaft added Tackle from Madison, Wisconsin

Age: 50

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Keyshawn Johnson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Buccaneers of All Time
Wide receiver from Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Age: 46

Teams: USC Trojans football, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carolina Panthers, New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys

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#351 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #306 of 350 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #31 of 53 The Best No. 1 Overall NFL Draft Picks Of All Time, Ranked

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Joey Galloway is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Buccaneers of All Time
wiabux added Joey Galloway Return specialist and Wide receiver from Bellaire, Ohio, United States of America

Age: 44

Teams: Seattle Seahawks, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots, + more

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#327 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #278 of 350 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #71 of 248 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time

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Brad Johnson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Buccaneers of All Time
Quarterback from Marietta, Georgia

Age: 47

Teams: Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Florida State Seminoles football, Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys

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#148 of 257 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time #1,250 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #94 of 112 The Greatest Washington Redskins of All Time

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Jimmie Giles is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Buccaneers of All Time
udontneedtoknowmyname added Tight end from Greenville, Mississippi

Age: 61

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udontneedtoknowmyname added Placekicker from Buenos Aires, Argentina

Age: 43

Teams: New Orleans Saints, Indianapolis Colts, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kansas State Wildcats football, Dallas Cowboys

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Cadillac Williams is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Buccaneers of All Time
udontneedtoknowmyname added Running back from Gadsden, Alabama, United States of America

Age: 33

Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Auburn Tigers football, St. Louis Rams

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Joe Jurevicius is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Buccaneers of All Time
Wide receiver from Cleveland, Ohio

Age: 41

Teams: Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, New York Giants

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slaft added Tackle from Los Angeles, California

Age: 32

Teams: Washington Redskins

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#1,339 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #26 of 30 The Oldest Active Players In The NFL Right Now

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Keenan McCardell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Buccaneers of All Time
Keenan McCardell Wide receiver from Houston, Texas

Age: 45

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#871 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #254 of 350 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #100 of 248 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time