So the folks at Pro Football Talk are running a series to determine the “Mount Rushmore” of each NFL team, which is exactly what it sounds like. Picking from a list predetermined by PFT, fans are urged to vote for which four players-slash-franchise-figures would replace George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln if the iconic mountain-side sculpture in South Dakota was devoted to their favorite franchise instead of U.S. Presidents.
The voting pages for the Saints, Panthers and Falcons’ Mount Rushmores, respectively, have debuted over the last three days. Now the Bucs and their four-decade history are up to complete the NFC South. And, voters: Don’t expect this to be easy.
Seriously. Just consider this very basic conundrum: With Hall of Famer and franchise icon Lee Roy Selmon a seeming lock for the mountainside, only three spots would remain. Now turn your attention to that historic Super Bowl defense – if Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks, Ronde Barber and John Lynch are considered the core of that defense, which one do you NOT put on the mountain?
And, of course, that’s only scratching the surface of the deserving candidates, as you’ll see below. Certainly, there are no shortage of Mike Alstott, Tony Dungy or Hardy Nickerson fans, just to name a few. Here’s PFT’s list:
- FB Mike Alstott
- CB Ronde Barber
- LB Derrick Brooks
- Head Coach Tony Dungy
- RB Warrick Dunn
- T Paul Gruber
- Head Coach Jon Gruden
- Defensive Coordinator Monte Kiffin
- S John Lynch
- LB Hardy Nickerson
- DT Warren Sapp
- DE Lee Roy Selmon
All things considered, that’s a pretty commendable list on PFT’s part. One could potentially argue for the inclusions of TE Jimmie Giles, RB James Wilder or QB Doug Williams, but it’s not likely that any of the three would beat out those above in the voting.
Choosing from among those 12? Now that’s the hard part…and that’s your job. So go vote now and start chiseling rock on that Buccaneers Mount Rushmore.