McDaniel (sort of) gives Bucs second Hall of Famer
Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas
TAMPA, Fla. -- Lee Roy Selmon no longer is the only former Tampa Bay Buccaneer in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Sort of.
Not sure that this should really count, but guard Randall McDaniel, who was elected Saturday, did spend the final two years of his career with the Bucs. But McDaniel is always going to be thought of first as a member of the Minnesota Vikings because that's where he spent the bulk of his career.
An important note here -- unlike baseball, football Hall of Famers don't go in officially representing a particular team. So McDaniel does kind of count as a Buccaneer.
But, if you're looking for the next longtime Buc to go into the Hall of Fame, wait a few years. It's probably going to be defensive tackle Warren Sapp, who retired last year. Sapp has at least a decent shot to go in the first time he's on the ballot. Safety John Lynch also retired last year and has a chance to be a Hall of Famer at some point.
The most surefire Hall of Famer for the Bucs is linebacker Derrick Brooks, the best player in franchise history. But the five-year window for Brooks' election hasn't opened yet. All indications are he'll play in 2009.
Once Brooks does retire, he'll have a five-year wait before he gets in on his first ballot.