Introducing #BucsBracket: The Definitive Fan-Driven Competition to Find The Most Popular Tampa Bay Buccaneer of All Time


December 9, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers former players Warren Sapp, Dwight Smith and Mike Alstott look at the Vince Lombardi Trophy as they were honored on the 10th anniversary of the 2002 Super Bowl during halftime at Raymond James Stadium. The Eagles won 23-21. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Alright everyone, it’s that time.  The Pewter Plank is going to be sure that this offseason is far from boring by bringing you Bucs Bracket, an NCAA Tournament style showdown of the best Buccaneer players of all time as we seek to determine the most popular Tampa Bay Buccaneer of all time. This process is going to be completely fan-driven, so be sure to chime in with your votes and comments, and share these articles with your friends so that we can get as wide of an audience as possible to ensure that Buccaneer Nation is represented well and we truly find the most popular Buccaneer in the history of the franchise.

Today, we’re going to start off by introducing the field, so you get an idea as to who the players involved are, and so that the debate can begin as to who was underrated, who is overrated, and who you pick to win the whole thing. The field was selected using the help of Pro Football Reference’s Approximate Value, and the editor’s discretion as to which players are more popular. The 12 seeds are all “play-in” games selected by the staff writers, as players who they wanted to see included that weren’t already on the list.

We will start the bracket this weekend by opening voting on the 12 seeds, and then the entire bracket will be filled out randomly, based on seeding, once the 64 player tournament field is set. Let us know your thoughts on the seedings, and who you pick to win it all! (Click on a players’ name to see his Pro Football Reference page)

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12 seeds (Play-in Games)

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