Greatest Buccaneers: No. 2

April, 17, 2014
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My series of the top five players in Tampa Bay history continues with No. 2

I’m going with defensive end Lee Roy Selmon (it shouldn't be hard to figure out that Derrick Brooks is No. 1). My choice for the top spot came down to Selmon and Brooks and I don’t think either one would have been wrong.

Selmon was the first star in franchise history. The first draft pick in franchise history, Selmon helped the Bucs grow from an expansion team that started 0-26 to a team that reached the NFC Championship Game in its fourth season.

Selmon was a dominant pass-rusher on some very good defenses. He also was one of the classiest players ever to come through Tampa Bay's locker room. Selmon symbolized all the good things about professional sports and that continued long after his career was over.

Selmon became a staple in the Tampa Bay community. He died way too young, but his impact in Tampa Bay will be felt forever.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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