TAMPA, Fla. -- A pair of Buccaneers legends made the cut in the shortlist of the best to ever play the game.
Longtime Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks and defensive end Lee Roy Selmon were named to the NFL 100 All-Time Team. The all-time roster is part of the league's 100th-season celebration, as the league recognizes the 100 greatest players to ever play the game, in addition to the 10 greatest coaches in league history.
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Lee Roy Selmon is one of the 7 DEs selected to the #NFL100 All-Time Team!
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Brooks helped forge Tampa Bay's identity as one of the most dominant defenses in the league in the early 2000s. The Pensacola native played in the NFL from 1995 to 2008 -- all with the Bucs -- and was named to the Pro Bowl 11 times, won the league's Defensive Player of the Year award and was named the league's Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2000.
Brooks also helped Tampa Bay win Super Bowl XXXVII in January of 2003. Following his retirement, the Bucs retired his number (55) and was named in the team's Ring of Honor. In 2004, Brooks was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Selmon was the team's first-ever draft pick in 1976, when the Buccaneers joined the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks as expansion teams. He was named to the Pro Bowl six times and was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1979.
The Bucs retired his number (63) and was named in the team's Ring of Honor two years before his death in 2011. State Road 618 in Hillsborough County was renamed the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway in his honor.
Selmon was also elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995.
Bucs great Warren Sapp also represented Tampa Bay as a finalist in the defensive line group.
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