As part of the NFL's 100th season celebration, the NFL is releasing an 'All-Time Team,' naming the best players of all time by position group. Monday, the league released the list of finalists at the linebacker and defensive line positions. Three Buccaneers made the list.
Former linebacker Derrick Brooks made the cut for his position while both Warren Sapp and Lee Roy Selmon qualified as defensive linemen.
Brooks is a first-ballot Hall of Famer, inducted in 2014. He was also added to the Buccaneers Ring of Honor the same year. Drafted by the Buccaneers in the first round with Warren Sapp in 1995, Brooks went on to enjoy a 14-year career in Tampa Bay, playing in 224 games with 221 starts. He recorded a franchise-record 2,198 tackles along with 25 interceptions, 13.5 sacks, 135 passes defensed,25 forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries during that time. He totaled a franchise-best 11 Pro Bowl selections and was named an AP All-Pro nine times. He also earned Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2002 and was a co-recipient of the Walter Payton Man of the Year award in 2000. He helped lead the team to their Super Bowl XXXVII win over the Oakland Raiders in 2003.
Sapp was also a first-round pick by the Buccaneers in 1995 and played nine seasons in Tampa Bay. He started 130 of 140 games and was selected to the Pro Bowl seven times along with four AP All-Pro nods. He set Tampa Bay's single-season record with 16.5 sacks in 2000, which is the third-highest total ever recorded by a defensive tackle league-wide. The Buccaneers' defense ranked in the top 10 each year Sapp was on the roster and he was an integral part of the 2002 team that became Super Bowl champions along with Brooks.
Selmon was the franchise's first-ever draft pick in 1976 and became the first player ever inducted into the Buccaneers Ring of Honor. He remains the Buccaneers' all-time sack leader with 78.5 and anchored a defense that led the team to its first-ever division title in 1979. He was named Defensive Player of the Year that season and was named NFL Defensive Lineman of the Year four separate times. His No. 63 jersey remains the only jersey retired by the Buccaneers. Selmon passed away in 2011 after suffering a stroke at the age of 56.