Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Four Faces of Mount Rushmore
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers came into the league in 1976. In the early years, they struggled to get wins. So much that the orange and white uniforms that they used to wear many fans don’t want them wearing them anymore. The NFL has done mostly away with throwback uniforms so we most likely will never see the orange and white uniforms again. The Bucs have changed their colors to red, white, and pewter. After the change, the team won its first and only Super Bowl title in 2002. Tampa has seen many Hall of Fame players that have played from them even though the bad years. The Glazers are the current owners and moved the Bucs from Tampa Stadium to Raymond James Stadium that has hosted many sports events. Tampa has fallen back to a bit of bad luck recently but it looks like they are on their way back.
Selmon played nine years in the NFL all with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The position he played was defensive tackle/end. He wore number 63 which if I am not mistaken is one of the few Buccaneers jerseys that is retired. Selmon was loved by the Tampa Bay area they named a highway and a popular restaurant after him. He is currently in the Buccaneers Ring of Honor which is displayed on top of the club level at Raymond James. Selmon’s best year was in 1979 were he won AP Defensive Player of the Year. His stats that year he played in all 16 games, two fumble recoveries, and one of those resulted in a touchdown. Another great year was in 1983 he played in 13 of the 14 games that year, one fumble recovery and 11 sacks. Selmon is also a member of the NFL Hall of Fame.
Brooks was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers out of Florida State University in 1995. He was the 28th overall pick and the Bucs 1st round pick of that year draft. Brooks like Selmon also played in the orange and white uniforms that most Bucs fans don’t want to see. He was part of the resurgence that the Buccaneers enjoyed in the early 2000s. Brooks played in 224 games with 25 interceptions and six touchdowns. He was one of the main players in what was called the Tampa Two defense. Brooks’s position was a right-side linebacker. He played a vital role in the Buccaneers’ run towards their Super Bowl win in 2002. In that Super Bowl, they dominated the Oakland Raiders. He like Selmon is also in the NFL Hall of Fame.
Lynch was teammates with Derrick Brooks. He was picked by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1993 out of Stanford University. Lynch played 11 years in Tampa Bay. He played 164 games in which 132 of those he started. Lynch had 23 interceptions but never had one returned for a touchdown. He had six sacks at his strong safety position. With Brooks at the linebacker position, Lynch was on the backend of that defense. The outstanding defense and many teams had trouble beating. At this time Lynch is still waiting to get his call to the Hall of Fame. Despite he is a Super Bowl Champ.
Barber was also teammates on the above two with Brooks and Lynch. He was picked 66th overall in the 3rd round out of the Virginia University by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Barber was in the defensive secondary with John Lynch. I hate to keep repeating myself but he was also part of the 2002 Super Bowl team. Barber played 241 games all with the Buccaneers. He had 47 interceptions and eight touchdowns. Two of his biggest were in the NFC Championship game in 2002 when he helped close down the Philadelphia Eagles and Veterans Stadium. The other won came in Super Bowl against the Raiders. He like Lynch is waiting for his call to the Hall of Fame.
All four of these players are in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ring of Honor. If you ever get a chance to get to Raymond James Stadium it is quite a sight. These four have made this franchise better and moving in the right direction into the future. I got to see all but Lee Roy Selmon’s play as his last year was one year after I was born. I think that Lynch and Barber will be in the Hall of Fame soon. The only player that did not wear the orange and white uniform was Barber.
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