Greatest Buc ever?

July, 15, 2008
7/15/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas.

Brooks

Just before vacation, I posted an item on the best players in the history of the Carolina Panthers and promised to do the same for the rest of the NFC South teams. It's time for the next step -- the top five Tampa Bay Buccaneers ever.

1. Derrick Brooks. This is easy. Brooks is on his way to the Hall of Fame and is, by far, the best player the Bucs have ever had. I'll take it one step further and say Brooks is the best player ever to play for an NFC South team.

2. Lee Roy Selmon. The defensive end is Tampa Bay's only Hall of Famer -- for now -- and was a rock in the franchise's early years.

3. Doug Williams. If former owner Hugh Culverhouse had paid Williams what he was worth, the franchise wouldn't have had such hard times through the 1980s. It's a big positive that Williams is back with the team and working in the personnel department.

4. Warren Sapp. Along with Brooks and former coach Tony Dungy, Sapp was instrumental in making this franchise respectable.

5. John Lynch. Tough call for the final spot and it's hard to overlook Ronde Barber, Mike Alstott and one-of-a-kind tight end Tyji Armstrong, but I'm going with Lynch. His contributions -- on and off the field -- were huge.

We'll get to the Falcons and Saints in the coming days, and I want to hear your opinions. That's what the link to the mailbag is for. I'm going to empty the mailbag and periodically answer your questions in this space.

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