Will Mike Alstott, the franchise's all-time leader in touchdowns and, probably, broken tackles win a spot on the All-Time Tampa Bay Buccaneers Team?
Lee Roy Selmon or Simeon Rice?
Hardy Nickerson or Richard Wood?
James Wilder or Mike Alstott?
Who are the greatest Tampa Bay Buccaneers of all time? We want you, the Buccaneer fans, to decide.
Beginning next week and continuing through the spring and summer, Buccaneers.com will run The Greatest Buccaneers series. Each weekly article will pose one question: Who is/are the best player(s) in franchise history at a specific position? And in each case, Buccaneers.com readers will determine the answer.
In the end, we'll be left with a list of the greatest Bucs at every position, the All-Time Tampa Bay Buccaneers team.
Next week, for instance, we'll evaluate and choose among the best cornerbacks ever to don a Tampa Bay uniform, whether orange or pewter. Buccaneers.com will narrow the choices to 10 or less and fans will make the final determination through a poll included in the article. We'll offer you statistics, achievements and other evidence to help with your decision, but the final choice will be yours. In the case of cornerbacks, the top two vote-getters will be named to the All-Time Tampa Bay Buccaneers team.
Will Donnie Abraham's team-record 31 interceptions earn him a spot on the team? Does a Pro Bowl season and a single-season record of 10 picks earn Ronde Barber one of the slots? Will fans still appreciate the strong work of Ricky Reynolds on some Buc teams that struggled overall? Mike Washington and Jeris White were the primary cornerbacks on the late-'70s Tampa Bay squad that made the playoffs through outstanding defense – will they earn your vote?
Before training camp begins, you will choose an entire team, including a full offense, a full defense, a punter, a kicker, a kick/punt returner and a special teams ace. The teams will mirror a normal starting 22, plus special teamers, though one concession to the changing nature of the Bucs' defense over the years has been made. Because the early Tampa Bay teams played primarily a 3-4 defense, and the later squads have fielded a 4-3, we will select both four defensive linemen and four linebackers, two inside and two outside.
Here are the positions you will be choosing over the coming weeks. Unlike the polls on the home page, you will not be shown the results after voting. The entire team will be revealed at once before the Bucs report to their 2004 training camp in July.
The All-Time Tampa Bay Buccaneers Team
So join us next week as we begin choosing the All-Time Tampa Bay Buccaneers Team, and let us know just who are the Greatest Bucs ever.