#BucsBracket Final Four: Derrick Brooks or Ronde Barber? Warren Sapp or Mike Alstott? You Decide!


Feb 2, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; NFL former player Warren Sapp (left) hugs former player Derrick Brooks after being selected to the pro football hall of fame during a NFL Network presentation at the New Orleans Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

We started with 64, we are now down to the Final Four. The four most beloved players in Tampa Bay Buccaneers history. They are Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks, Ronde Barber, and Mike Alstott. Up to this point there have been some close races, some tight battles, but these four all clearly rose to the top. Now is where it gets tough. Separating these four Buc legends will not be an easy task. That’s why we’re leaving it up to you.

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.

The bracket can be found below. You can click on the image to load a bigger version of the bracket.

Derrick Brooks

Brooks has annihilated everyone who we’ve placed in his path up to this point. His toughest matchup to date, with Warrick Dunn was no different. Brooks 95% of the vote which has him cruising into the Final Four. He’s got a tough task at hand here though. Handily beating Ryan Nece, Mike Washington, Jimmie Giles, and even Warrick Dunn are one thing, knocking off the recently retired turned pre-game color analyst Ronde Barber will be a tall task.

Ronde Barber

The namesake of the Barber region didn’t exactly cruise into the Final Four, but his win over John Lynch was never truly in question. Barber took #2-seed Lynch out by a vote of 33-15 earning Ronde his ticket to the semifinals against Brooks. Ronde is a hot commodity right now. Just retired, calling games for the Bucs, and seemingly still has a major impact on the current players on the team. Brooks has made it look easier to get to this point, but Ronde’s name has been out there a lot more in recent history than Derrick. This one is going to be a doozy.

Warren Sapp

Recently Hall of Fame enshrined #99 took Hardy Nickerson out in dominant fashion. Nickerson was only able to garner 3 of the 48 votes cast in the Elite Eight matchup. Sapp has had to take out a host of “folk heroes” thus far beating Stylez G., Joe Jerevicius, and Brad Culpepper, but now he gets the ultimate folk hero, Mike Alstott. Sapp was loved by all Bucs fans for his nasty play on the field, but it made him a villain in the eyes of many outside of Buc Nation. Mike Alstott was loved by all, no matter team affiliation. Sapp comes in with the seed edge, but don’t expect Alstott fans to go down without a fight.

Mike Alstott

The A-Train used to bulldoze his way through defenses. The A-Plane used to soar over defenses. Now he’s going A-Insane on out BucsBracket recording the first top seed upset with his win over #1-seed Lee Roy Selmon. Alstott has had without question the toughest road to this point. He’s taken down current star Gerald McCoy, sack master Simeon Rice, and Selmon all in route to this matchup with Sapp. He just barely edged out Selmon, and it’s probably doing to take another miracle to knock out the Buccaneers most recent Hall of Fame inductee, but the A-Train has proved he can slay giants before, let’s see if he can do it again.