Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Fans' Favorite All-Time Bucs, No. 1

Buccaneers.com polled fans on their favorite all-time player. Here's who finished No. 1.

No. 1 – LB Derrick Brooks

Buccaneers Career (1995-2008)
Most Tackles in Buc History
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Buccaneers Ring of Honor
11-Time Pro Bowler
Nine-Time All-Pro
'02 Defensive Player of the Year

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** All has been said and done; the fans have voted for their favorite players in Buccaneers history. Over the past two weeks, Buccaneers.com has been revealing members of the top 20 until reaching this point.

Coming as the fans' favorite player in Buccaneers history, after the votes have been tallied, is linebacker Derrick Brooks.

Brooks' stat sheet looks more like a Buccaneer record book than anything. He's the team's all-time leader in tackles with 2,198. Not only is he the only player to surpass the 2,000-tackle mark, he has 770 more than Ronde Barber, who holds the No. 2 spot.

For 10 years in a row, from 1997 to 2006, Brooks was named to the Pro Bowl, picking up a Super Bowl victory and AP Defensive Player of the Year award in 2002. Brooks missed out on the Pro Bowl in 2007, just to earn his 11th trip following the final season of his career. He was also a nine-time All-Pro.

In 2014, Brooks was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. That same year, he became the fifth Buccaneer elected into the team's Ring of Honor. His number 55 has since been retired.

Here is what some of you had to say about naming Derrick Brooks your favorite Buccaneer:

  • "Brooks was the ideal leader on and off the field. Controlled and focused, he put the play on the field and community involvement into a great package."
  • "The key piece in one of the most dominate, championship-caliber Tampa 2 defense of all time. Great community guy. Great representative of the team.
  • "Derrick Brooks is by far my favorite Buc of all time. He was an outstanding athlete with tremendous leadership. Not only is he an inspiration on the field, he is oftenly nominated for awards for his community aid. Derrick Brooks led the Buccaneers to their first ever Super Bowl and will always be the heart of Tampa."

The best photos of linebacker Derrick Brooks.

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