#BucsBracket Second Round: Vote For Your Favorite Tampa Bay Buccaneers Of All-Time (Selmon Division)
By Leo Howell
Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Welcome back to #BucsBracket. Let’s keep things going in the unofficial competition, set to determine the most popular and beloved Buccaneers of all time. This edition is the Selmon division, named after the first Buccaneer to make the Hall of Fame.
Be sure to cast your vote in each matchup, because every vote counts! Sound off in the comments and let us know why you made the picks you made, because we will use comments on the blog as tiebreakers, in case of a tie.
As usual we’ll keep the descriptions short and to the point so you can make your choices and get all the information you need.
1 seed: Lee Roy Selmon, Defensive End, 1976-1984
Selmon easily advanced to round two by defeating Ian Beckles. What else can be said about the original Buccaneer? Selmon was a star from day one, earning Pro Bowl bids and a Hall of Fame induction during the Bucs formative years. With 78.5 sacks and 28 forced fumbles in his career, Selmon was a disruptive force on the defensive line and a great man on and off the field. He passed away just a couple of years ago, and his impact on the Tampa Bay Area with both the Buccaneers and the USF Bulls Athletic Program will live on for years and years to come.
8 seed: Davin Joseph, Guard, 2006-Present
Davin Joseph, who advanced to round two thanks to a win over Cedric Brown, is a team leader and a key member of the Buccaneers’ strong offensive line heading into 2013. He’s active in the community, and a captain for the Buccaneers.
Which of these linemen is your pick to move on?
12 seed: Dexter Jackson, Safety, 1999-2002, 2004-2005
Dexter Jackson moves on to the second round thanks to an upset win over Anthony McFarland, This was by far the closest match of any in the first round, being determined by a mere three votes. Jackson had such a short time as a prominent player with the Buccaneers, but his MVP performance in the Super Bowl was the highlight. Jackson appeared in 73 games for the Bucs, logging eight interceptions and forcing three fumbles. It was his two interceptions in the Super Bowl against the Raiders that are more well-remembered, and cemented his name in the team’s history books.
4 seed: Richard Wood, Linebacker, 1976-1984
Wood advanced to the second round by defeating Mark Carrier. He was an incredibly productive linebacker for the newly opened Buccaneers’ franchise, logging tackles all over the field and starting game after game in the middle of a strong defense. He was one of the men to score in the Buccaneers first victory in 1977, and was known for his scoring on defensive plays in addition to his tackling ability.
Which of these defensive players do you pick to move on to the Sweet 16?
6 seed: Vincent Jackson, Wide Receiver, 2012-Present
Vincent advanced out of the first round by beating Mark Cotney. Even being one of the newest members of the team, and having one of the shorter tenures of anyone on this list, Vincent Jackson made a huge impact during his first year with the team. He had his career best in yards and catches, and finished with almost 20 yards per grab in his first season with Josh Freeman. Jackson will be an important part of the success of the 2013 Buccaneers, and his big play ability has already made him a fan favorite.
3 seed: Simeon Rice, Defensive End, 2001-2006
Simeon moves on in the competition after defeating Shaun King in the first round. Rice was the key pass rusher in the Buccaneers’ 2002 Super Bowl defense, logging 15.5 sacks that regular season and forcing six fumbles. Rice was brought to Tampa after being just as dominant with Arizona, and continue to dominate in his prime with the Buccaneers.
Rice or Jackson? Pick who moves on, and then scroll down for the final matchup.
10 seed: Gerald McCoy, Defensive Tackle, 2010-Present
Gerald McCoy, who earns a spot in this round thanks to an upset win over Cecil Johnson, was a high draft pick who failed to stay healthy and live up to his expectations until 2012, when he broke out and became a Pro Bowl player at his position. McCoy is a leader on the Buccaneers’ defense, and a disruptive force in the middle of the defense that other teams must account for.
2 seed: Mike Alstott, Fullback, 1996-2007
Alstott advances to round two thanks to a crushing defeat of Al Singleton. One of the best fullbacks in the history of the NFL, Alstott was maybe the most beloved Buccaneer during his 12 seasons. His six Pro Bowls and 4 All Pro selections don’t quite speak to the impact he had on the fanbase, who all rallied behind the A-Train anytime the Buccaneers’ offense was on the field. Alstott had 58 rushing touchdowns and 13 receiving touchdowns, many of which were earned by barreling over defenders on his way to the end zone.
Which of these two players is your pick to move on?