The time has come. Buccaneers fans can now vote on the player in the team’s history that they love the most.
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Honestly, I’m surprised. When the list of contestants was compiled, I had a pretty good idea who I thought would make it to the finals. I was half right. Never once did I expect this guy to make it, but alas, here he is. In a convincing victory over the original Buccaneer.
So, here is a look at how the bracket has played out thus far;
(1) Derrick Brooks vs. (3) Ronde Barber
What can be said about these two men that haven’t already? Stand-up members of the community, legendary Buccaneers players, numbers one and two on the all-time Bucs start list. It all boils down to you, the fans.
Will it be the anchor, the leader of a defense that ranks among the all-time greatest? The NFL Defensive Player of the Year during that magical Super Bowl season? We all love Derrick Brooks and feel a great sense of pride that he was part of our team. That he started, and ended, his career wearing only Bucs uniforms.
However, the same can be said about Ronde Barber. The timeless wonder who even extended his Bucs career by switching to safety under Greg Schiano. Yes, we all despise(d) that man, but give him credit for one of the few things he did right; allowing Barber to start his 200th consecutive game at cornerback before moving to safety on the next play. Ronde was magical. From his ability to blitz and get to the quarterback to his knack for big play interceptions (our favorites always seem to come of McNabb, right?).
This is no easy choice for many. For others, it could be as simple as any choice they’ve ever made. Regardless of who wins, let’s just take a moment and feel honored that these guys played for our team. They represented us. And one of them is on the cusp of being named our most beloved player of all time. The choice is yours, ladies and gentlemen. Make it count.