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Pick your Buccaneers Mt. Rushmore

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The first week of the Pro Football Talk on NBCSN Mt. Rushmore series ends with a team that once thought its bad luck would never end.

That all changed in 1996, when Tony Dungy became the head coach and the long-suffering Bucs (but for an unlikely 1979 NFC title game berth) became a pewter powerhouse.

The time has come to name the Tampa Bay Mt. Rushmore.  Vote for your four finalists favorites from the 12 finalists listed below.

And despite the urgings of Erik Kuselias, Bucco Bruce did not get his own spot among the final 12.

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59 Responses to “Pick your Buccaneers Mt. Rushmore”
  1. kingbuccaneer says: Jun 3, 2013 8:01 PM

    Lee Roy, Brooks, Sapp, Ronde

  2. citizenstrange says: Jun 3, 2013 8:02 PM

    Lee Roy Selmon
    Hardy Nickerson
    Warren Sapp
    John Lynch

  3. canehouse says: Jun 3, 2013 8:17 PM

    Doug Williams, Derrick Brooks, Warren Sapp, and Stu Gotz.

  4. pdubs212 says: Jun 3, 2013 8:17 PM

    This one is pretty easy:


  5. canadianbucsfan says: Jun 3, 2013 8:20 PM

    Barber, Brooks, Alstott, and Sapp.

  6. thegonz13 says: Jun 3, 2013 8:24 PM

    Lee Roy Selmon
    Doug Williams
    Derrick Brooks
    Mike Alstott

  7. pooflingingmonkey says: Jun 3, 2013 8:27 PM

    First guy I thought of wasn’t an option… Doug Williams.

  8. craigmaitland says: Jun 3, 2013 8:29 PM

    Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks, Ronde Barber, John Lynch, Mike Alstott, Donovan McNabb

  9. lgbarn says: Jun 3, 2013 8:40 PM

    I love Lynch and Alstott but they have no place on the list.


    are locks

    Next is a tough choice but I have to go with Barber

  10. logicallvoicesays says: Jun 3, 2013 8:42 PM

    Buccaneers winless team in 76 was better than the Redskins with RGIII. #BURGUNDYANDGOLDSUCK

  11. anarchopurplism says: Jun 3, 2013 8:44 PM


    Coming in 5th, Orange Sherbert

  12. evilglazers666 says: Jun 3, 2013 8:49 PM

    Lee Roy Selmon
    Derrick Brooks
    Steve Young
    Ronde Barber

  13. cheapglazers says: Jun 3, 2013 8:51 PM

    Bo Jackson!

  14. redsoxchamp11 says: Jun 3, 2013 8:52 PM

    selmon, brooks, sapp, alstott

  15. uglyglazers says: Jun 3, 2013 8:55 PM

    Greg Schiano
    Josh Freeman
    Keshawn Johnson
    Kellen Winslow Jr.

  16. bucnation51 says: Jun 3, 2013 9:00 PM

    Derrick brooks, warren sapp, tony dungy, ronda barber

  17. milkmandanimal says: Jun 3, 2013 9:01 PM

    Selmon and Brooks should be absolutely automatic.

  18. bucrightoff says: Jun 3, 2013 9:02 PM

    Well Lee Roy and #55 are locks. After that I’d probably go Ronde and Monte, who made the incredible defensive run possible.

  19. rcali says: Jun 3, 2013 9:24 PM

    Dungy? Now that one made me laugh. Mr. Florio does have a pretty good sense of humor. Now, had P. Manning played for the Bucs…probably a different story.

  20. beerbudsnbevo says: Jun 3, 2013 9:43 PM





    Let’s face it…it was the defense that won that Superbowl for the Bucs…

    And Alsott…

    Sheesh, that’s one bad mofo

  21. doclolly says: Jun 3, 2013 9:44 PM

    No Vinny Testaverde?!?!?

  22. jameswestphal says: Jun 3, 2013 9:46 PM

    Dunn, Hardy, Brooks, Chucky

  23. hscorpio says: Jun 3, 2013 9:48 PM

    Lee Roy Selmon is a HoFer. He needs to be on the list.

    When you get a defensive scheme named for your team, you know there were some really good players involved. Sapp, Brooks, Nickerson, Lynch and Barber all did a lot to make their preferred defense known as the “Tampa 2”. I’d pick Sapp, Brooks and Barber to join Selmon. Barber was a tough call over Nickerson.

  24. ibreathefootball says: Jun 3, 2013 9:49 PM

    Lee Roy Selmon, Derrick Brooks, Warren Sapp, Mike Alstott

  25. bucfan702 says: Jun 3, 2013 10:01 PM

    man I look at this list and don’t see much offensive. we have to turn the power buttons on the offense for the next decade. bucs have to have balance on both sides to win that elusive trophy again.

  26. fwippel says: Jun 3, 2013 10:04 PM

    Derrick Brooks
    Ronde Barber
    Lee Roy Selmon
    Brad Johnson

  27. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Jun 3, 2013 10:11 PM

    James Wilder, Lee Roy, Ricky Bell, Doug Williams

  28. bigdawg24 says: Jun 3, 2013 10:11 PM

    Bo Jackson
    Steve Young
    Alvin Harper
    Reidel Anthony
    Reagan Upshaw

  29. proudliberal85392 says: Jun 3, 2013 10:12 PM

    John McKay.

  30. tejasdawg says: Jun 3, 2013 10:13 PM


  31. djohnson757 says: Jun 3, 2013 10:15 PM

    Dylan, Dylan, Dylan and Dylan….because I spit hot fire!

  32. rg3sus says: Jun 3, 2013 10:30 PM

    Am I the only one who voted for Chucky? And a big Alstot fan

  33. vertskate900 says: Jun 3, 2013 10:39 PM

    1.) Raiders Head Coach Bill Callahan
    2.) Changing the Super Bowl game plan right before the game
    3.) Keeping the audibles the same as what Gruden had
    4.) Media silence

  34. kd75 says: Jun 3, 2013 10:41 PM

    Jesus the Bucs have a worse history than the Aints…Derrick Brooks? Warren Sapp? I like to stick to lifers for these things.

    Why no Steve Spurrier? Wasn’t he like the 1st Bucs QB?

  35. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins says: Jun 3, 2013 10:45 PM

    “Lee Roy, Brooks, Sapp, Ronde”

    Same here. It was really tough not putting Dungy and Kiffin up there, but ultimately it’s the players that still have to execute and the above 4 were in a league of their own.

  36. thememyselfandiguy says: Jun 3, 2013 10:51 PM

    Gruden, Selmon, Brooks, Sapp

  37. irishdodger says: Jun 3, 2013 11:09 PM

    Any list that doesn’t include Lee Roy Selmon is a fraud.

  38. db3300 says: Jun 3, 2013 11:18 PM

    Wow. One coach is too many on most lists but a defensive coordinator (no matter how good) too? I might make an exception for Lombardi or Landry but if you didn’t play on the field and you’re getting consideration, maybe you didn’t field that many good players throughout your team’s history.

  39. threatlevelxmidnight says: Jun 3, 2013 11:43 PM

    Gotta have Donald Igwebuike on it right?

  40. musicman495 says: Jun 4, 2013 12:40 AM

    Cannot believe Doug Williams was not a finalist. Dissed by Tampa to the end.

  41. twayward says: Jun 4, 2013 12:53 AM

    Lee Roy Selmon and then the spine of the Supee Bowl winning defense (Sapp, Brooks & R. Barber)

  42. thepitts says: Jun 4, 2013 12:55 AM

    McKay !!!

  43. davetexansfan says: Jun 4, 2013 1:07 AM

    I think Mike Alstott absolutely needs to be on the Mt. Rushmore. He’s (un)arguably the greatest FB of all time.

    Warren Sapp is a lock.

    Ronde Barber should definitely be on there. He was the longest tenured player in Tampa Bay history.

    And then it comes down between John Lynch and Derrick Brooks for me. And I have to give it to John Lynch. He was basically a middle linebacker playing strong safety. I don’t think a SS has ever been more feared.

    Kinda surprised to not see Simeon Rice at least on the list, but oh well.

    Final Four:

    Now if Brad Johnson or Rob Johnson were on this list, it’d be a wholeeee ‘nother story.

  44. siggtacular says: Jun 4, 2013 1:28 AM

    Warren Sapp
    John Lynch
    Ronde Barber
    Derrick Brooks

  45. mobuccsfan says: Jun 4, 2013 1:30 AM

    Yep. Had to go with Selmon, Sapp, Brooks and Barber. Love Alstott and Lynch but these guys were the true greats in the end–IMO. Sapp and Brooks changed the culture along with Dungy and Selmon was the best thing about so many horrible Tampa Bay teams for so many years. He and Sapp are going in the HOF and Brooks and Barber will too–sooner or later.

  46. mashoaf says: Jun 4, 2013 1:33 AM

    Sapp, Dunn, allstot, Steve young

  47. farvite says: Jun 4, 2013 1:34 AM


  48. holdup08 says: Jun 4, 2013 1:38 AM

    Tony Dungy, Warren Sapp, Hardy Nickerson, Derek Brooks

  49. bucingnasty says: Jun 4, 2013 6:55 AM

    Chris Simms
    Reggie Roby
    Todd Yoder
    Reidel Anthony

  50. dubbsicks says: Jun 4, 2013 11:07 AM


    All Defense…

  51. savannahknight says: Jun 4, 2013 11:25 AM

    Anyone who loses/sells his Superbowl ring should be automatically disqualified from this vote *cough* Warren Sapp.





  52. tyelee says: Jun 4, 2013 11:51 AM

    Though the Defense was the driving force in the success that the Bucs have had, football is still a team sport…

    Offensive representative:
    Mr. Mike Alstot {A-train}

    Defensive representative:
    Mr. Derrick Brooks

    HC representative achieving highest Buc success:
    Mr. Jon Gruden
    {no disrespect to Dungy but he DIDN’T win a SB here}

    Bucs historical representative:
    Mr. Lee Roy Selmon

    Honorable men who achieved great things during their time with this team!

  53. whysomanylosers says: Jun 4, 2013 12:36 PM

    Where’s Donald (Igwebuike)?

    The givens:

    The true # 4 spot candidates:
    Nickerson – Yes, if he was around longer, (he changed the franchise)
    Lynch – Maybe, if around longer.
    Alstott – Absolute fan favorite – Gruden ruined his production.
    Gruber – Great LT and Bucs legend, but not good enough.
    Dunn – Had to split with Alstott, then left to ATL.
    *Barber – is the best of this class and earns #4

    The rest of the list:
    Gruden – One good year and then the team collapsed.
    Dungy – Great HC, but couldn’t get it done.
    Kiffen – Great guy/coach, but no way “just”a DC makes it.
    Doug Williams – Josh Freeman already has better stats.

  54. Richard Dickson says: Jun 4, 2013 1:17 PM

    Selmon, Brooks, Barber and Gruber, because they all played their entire careers in a Bucs uniform (even if Sapp didn’t have a ton of choice in the matter). That mattered to me.

  55. sdiegosteel says: Jun 4, 2013 2:13 PM

    Will there be another team that has all of their representatives from one side of the ball? You have to go all defense with the Bucs. Selmon, Sapp, and Brooks are locks (all Hall of Famers). The next three best choices are on defense as well. Hell, the greatest offensive threat the Bucs ever had (James Wilder) isn’t even on this list!

  56. tmntguy86 says: Jun 4, 2013 4:05 PM


  57. petedutcher says: Jun 5, 2013 9:38 AM

    Dungy. Sapp. Brooks. Selmon.

    Dungy was the man who made the Bucs a success. He changed the culture, just as Schiano is now doing.

  58. adalley2013 says: Jun 5, 2013 5:09 PM

    You need to add the Workhouse, record-setting RB, James Wilder

  59. irishfury says: Jun 8, 2013 4:18 AM


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