Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers all-time team

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Cornerback: Ronde Barber (1997 – 2012)

If Ronde Barber doesn’t get to the Hall of Fame this time around, there should be an investigation. The most memorable play in franchise history was his pick-six of Donovan McNabb in the 2002 NFC Championship, and it was one of his franchise-best eight defensive touchdowns. His 47 career interceptions also leads the franchise with the other cornerback coming in a distant second.

Cornerback: Donnie Abraham (1996 – 2001)

Donnie Abraham’s 31 interceptions with the Bucs is second only to Barber. A Pro Bowler in 2000, Abraham is one of many great Bucs players to just miss out on winning Super Bowl XXXVII. The amount of defenders on this team from this era of Bucs football really paints of picture of just how dominant that group was, and we aren’t even done.

Safety: John Lynch (1993 – 2003)

He may be known now as the General Manager of the San Francisco 49ers, but Hall of Famer John Lynch was one of the hardest-hitting not only safeties, but football players in general ever. A five-time Pro Bowl and two-time All-Pro selection with the Bucs, one of the leaders of the teams he played on naturally is a member of this team.

Safety: Cedric Brown (1976 – 1984)

The other safety was interesting, and it surprisingly isn’t from the Tony Dung/Jon Gruden-era. Cedric Brown’s 29 interceptions is good enough for third all-time in Buccaneers history, and his nine in 1981 led the entire NFL that year. Shockingly, he was never named a Pro Bowler, but we won’t punish him for that.