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Three Bucs Make NFL’s All-Decade Team

by Staff Report on February 1, 2010

The NFL has unveiled its All-Decade Team, and there are several players who made the team with ties to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Linebacker Derrick Brooks, cornerback Ronde Barber and defensive tackle Warren Sapp were all selected at their respective positions, with former Bucs coach Tony Dungy being named as one of two coaches who made the team. The other player who made the team that had spent time on the Bucs roster is FB Lorenzo Neal.

Quarterbacks
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts
Tom Brady, New England Patriots

Running Backs
Shaun Alexander, Seattle Seahawks
Jamal Lewis, Baltimore Ravens/Cleveland Browns
Edgerrin James, Indianapolis Colts/Arizona Cardinals/Seattle Seahawks
LaDanian Tomlinson, San Diego Chargers

Fullback
Lorenzo Neal, Tennessee Titans/Cincinnati Bengals/San Diego Chargers/Baltimore Ravens

Wide Receivers
Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis Colts
Torry Holt, St. Louis Rams/Jacksonville Jaguars
Randy Moss, Minnesota Vikings/Oakland Raiders/New England Patriots
Terrell Owens, San Francisco 49ers/Philadelphia Eagles/Dallas Cowboys/Buffalo Bills

Tight Ends
Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City Chiefs/Atlanta Falcons
Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers

Offensive Tackles
Walter Jones, Seattle Seahawks
Jonathan Ogden, Baltimore Ravens
Willie Roaf, New Orleans Saints/Kansas City Chiefs
Orlando Pace, St. Louis Rams/Chicago Bears

Offensive Guards

Larry Allen, Dallas Cowboys/San Francisco 49ers
Alan Faneca, Pittsburgh Steelers/New York Jets
Steve Hutchinson, Seattle Seahawks/Minnesota Vikings
Will Shields, Kansas City Chiefs

Offensive Centers
Olin Kreutz, Chicago Bears
Kevin Mawae, New York Jets/Tennessee Titans

Defensive Ends
Dwight Freeney, Indianapolis Colts
Julius Peppers, Carolina Panthers
Michael Strahan, New York Giants
Jason Taylor, Miami Dolphins/Washington Redskins

Defensive Tackles
La’Roi Glover, New Orleans Saints/Dallas Cowboys/St. Louis Rams
Warren Sapp, Tampa Bay Buccaneers/Oakland Raiders
Richard Seymour, New England Patriots/Oakland Raiders
Kevin Williams, Minnesota Vikings

Linebackers
Derrick Brooks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ray Lewis, Baltimore Ravens
Joey Porter, Pittsburgh Steelers/Miami Dolphins
Zach Thomas, Miami Dolphins/Dallas Cowboys
Brian Urlacher, Chicago Bears
DeMarcus Ware, Dallas Cowboys

Cornerbacks
Champ Bailey, Washington Redskins/Denver Broncos
Ronde Barber, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ty Law, New England Patriots/New York Jets/Kansas City Chiefs/Denver Broncos
Charles Woodson, Oakland Raiders/Green Bay Packers

Safeties
Brian Dawkins, Philadelphia Eagles/Denver Broncos
Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh Steelers
Ed Reed, Baltimore Ravens
Darren Sharper, Green Bay Packers/Minnesota Vikings/New Orleans Saints

Kickers
David Akers, Philadelphia Eagles
Adam Vinatieri, New England Patriots/Indianapolis Colts

Punters
Shane Lechler, Oakland Raiders
Brian Moorman, Buffalo Bills

Kick Returners
Joshua Cribbs, Cleveland Browns
Dante Hall, Kansas City Chiefs/St. Louis Rams

Punt Returners
Dante Hall, Kansas City Chiefs/St. Louis Rams
Devin Hester, Chicago Bears

Head Coaches
Bill Belichick, New England Patriots
Tony Dungy, Indianapolis Colts

The only player that didn’t make the team that has ties to the Bucs. That one could make a valid argument for, would be safety John Lynch. But of course then one of the four who made the team would have to get the boot and considering who made the list a safety the only one that would be iffy in my eyes would be Troy Polamalu, of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

John Lynch stats are from 2000 – 2007
Seasons: 8
Probowls: 7
Superbowls: 1
Sacks: 9.5
Interceptions: 14
Passes Defensed: 51
Forced Fumbles: 16
Fumble Recoveries: 5
Tackles: 573

Troy Polamalu stats are from 2003 – 2009
Seasons: 7
Probowls: 5
Superbowls: 2
Sacks: 7
Interceptions: 20
Passes Defensed: 68
Forced Fumbles: 7
Fumble Recoveries: 3
Tackles: 455

As stated previously, some might feel Lynch got the snub, but based on stats and what they meant for their respective teams its a toss up, as they are so close in comparison that it could have went either way.

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