The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Derrick Brooks: A Once In A Generation Player

August 15, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

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I was too young to remember Buccaneer great Lee Roy Selmon. I was three when he took his first snap in the NFL, six when he led the Buccaneers to their first division championship and an appearance in the 1979 NFC Championship game. When Lee Roy took his last snap in 1984, I was eleven and just beginning to understand what I was seeing on the football field.

I'd watch grainy NFL films videos of Lee Roy and bad VCR copies of the ‘79 playoff games but none of it was the same as seeing the Hall of Famer play live. I knew Lee Roy more as an ambassador for USF football and his restaurant chain than what occurred on the gridiron.

While Lee Roy was before my time, I'll be able to tell the next generation that I saw Derrick Brooks play and he was the greatest Buccaneer football player I've ever seen.

Some would argue Sapp, Lynch, Barber, or Alstott. All are wonderful football players ...

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