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Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Franchise player

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

Readers' pick: Derrick Brooks, LB

The fans have spoken and Derrick Brooks is the greatest player ever for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The real surprise (and crime) would have been if Brooks wasn't selected. This was the easiest choice in the NFC South.

In fact, I'll go ahead and say Brooks is -- by far -- the best player to ever play for any NFC South team and a sure-fire Hall of Famer. I ranked Brooks as the best player in franchise history earlier this summer and my rankings weren't much different than those of the fans.


The fans put Warren Sapp at No. 2. I had Sapp at No. 4 behind Lee Roy Selmon and Doug Williams, but I'm not going to argue much with their choice. Sapp probably will be a Hall of Famer and he was hugely instrumental in turning this franchise around.


The only minor disagreement I have with the fan voting is Mike Alstott at No. 4. I definitely think Alstott belongs in the top 10, but I think No. 4 is a few spots too high. I think Williams, John Lynch and Ronde Barber made bigger contributions to this franchise.