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The Best Tampa Bay Buccaneers of All Time

Updated April 23, 2020 24.3k votes 2.7k voters 67.5k views77 items

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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 Brooks1
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    Derrick Brooks

    Linebacker

    BirthplacePensacola, Florida

    Age47

    TeamsTampa Bay Buccaneers

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    #3 of 81 The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time#10 of 154 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time

  • Mike Alstott2

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    #37 of 206 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time#30 of 80 The Best NFL Player Nicknames

  • Lee Roy Selmon3
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    Lee Roy Selmon

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceEufaula, Oklahoma

    AgeDec. at 57 (1954-2011)

    TeamsTampa Bay Buccaneers, Oklahoma Sooners football

  • Warren Sapp4
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    Warren Sapp

    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

    BirthplaceOrlando, Florida, United States of America

    Age47

    TeamsTampa Bay Buccaneers, Oakland Raiders, Miami Hurricanes football

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    #5 of 64 The Best Miami Football Players of All Time#9 of 83 The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

  • Ronde Barber5
    970
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    Ronde Barber

    Cornerback, Safety

    BirthplaceBlacksburg, Virginia, United States of America

    Age45

    TeamsTampa Bay Buccaneers, Virginia Cavaliers football

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    #1 of 80 Twins in Sports#65 of 322 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • John Lynch6
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    John Lynch

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    #36 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History#8 of 49 The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time

  • Mike Evans7
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    Mike Evans

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceGalveston, Texas

    Age27

    TeamsTexas A&M Aggies football

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    #9 of 53 Who Is the Best Wide Receiver in the NFL Right Now?#3 of 69 The Best Texas A&M Football Players of All Time

  • Simeon Rice8
    548
    155

    Simeon Rice

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Age46

    TeamsIndianapolis Colts, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals, Hartford Colonials

  • Lavonte David9
    498
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    Lavonte David

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    Age30

    TeamsTampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Hardy Nickerson10
    413
    144

    Hardy Nickerson

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceCompton, California

    Age55

  • Warrick Dunn11
    529
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    Warrick Dunn

    Running back

    BirthplaceBaton Rouge, Louisiana

    Age40

    TeamsTampa Bay Buccaneers, Atlanta Falcons, Florida State Seminoles football

  • Paul Gruber12
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    78

    BirthplaceMadison, Wisconsin

    Age55

  • James Wilder13
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    James Wilder

    Running back, Fullback

    BirthplaceSikeston, Missouri

    Age62

    TeamsWashington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Detroit Lions

  • Gerald McCoy14
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    Gerald McCoy

    Defensive tackle

    BirthplaceOklahoma City, Oklahoma

    Age32

    TeamsTampa Bay Buccaneers, Oklahoma Sooners football

  • Jimmie Giles15
    237
    80

    Jimmie Giles

    Tight end

    BirthplaceGreenville, Mississippi

    Age65

  • Doug Williams16
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    Doug Williams

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceZachary, Louisiana

    Age65

    TeamsWashington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Outlaws, Grambling State Tigers football

  • Joe Jurevicius17
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    Joe Jurevicius

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio

    Age45

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, New York Giants

  • Joey Galloway18
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    Joey Galloway

    Return specialist, Wide receiver

    BirthplaceBellaire, Ohio, United States of America

    Age48

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots

  • Martín Gramática19
    240
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    BirthplaceBuenos Aires, Argentina

    Age44

    TeamsNew Orleans Saints, Indianapolis Colts, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kansas State Wildcats football, Dallas Cowboys

  • Brad Johnson20
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    Brad Johnson

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceMarietta, Georgia

    Age52

    TeamsWashington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Florida State Seminoles football, Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys

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    #129 of 252 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time#89 of 115 The Greatest Washington Redskins of All Time

  • Vincent Jackson21
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    Vincent Jackson

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceFort Polk, Louisiana

    Age37

    TeamsNorthern Colorado Bears football, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Diego Chargers

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    #117 of 214 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time#26 of 120 The Best Chargers Players of All Time

  • Keyshawn Johnson22
    317
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    Keyshawn Johnson

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Age48

    TeamsUSC Trojans football, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carolina Panthers, New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys

  • Tony Dungy23
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    Tony Dungy

    Safety, Defensive back

    BirthplaceJackson, Michigan, United States of America

    Age64

    TeamsPittsburgh Steelers, Minnesota Golden Gophers football, San Francisco 49ers

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    #38 of 150 Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative#15 of 61 The Best NFL Coaches of All Time

  • Shelton Quarles24
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    Shelton Quarles

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceNashville, Tennessee

    Age49

  • Matt Bryant25
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    Matt Bryant

    Placekicker

    BirthplaceOrange, Texas

    Age45

    TeamsAtlanta Falcons

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    #645 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever#40 of 59 Short NFL Players Who Show Size Doesn't Matter