Top 10: Best NFC South Football Players Of All Time
The NFC South is poised to be one of the toughest divisions in football for the upcoming season. If you’re looking for parity in football look no farther than here. Since its inception in 2002, all four teams have won the division three times, and no team has won it twice in a row. The Carolina Panthers will look to break that streak and become the first team to ever win back-to-back NFC South division titles. However, it won’t come easy. Once again, New Orleans looks to be an offensive juggernaut, while teams like Atlanta and Tampa Bay have gotten healthy and reloaded in the offseason. In preparation for what is sure to an exciting season, we take a look at the best NFC South players of all-time.
- Derrick Brooks: (Tampa Bay) Widely regarded as one of the best linebackers of all-time, Derrick Brooks kicks off our list. The Hall of Famer was an 11x Pro Bowler, 6x First-team All-Pro, and recipient of the Defensive Player of the Year. In 2002, Brooks helped lead the Buccaneers to its first Super Bowl victory in franchise history.
- Drew Brees: (New Orleans) Chosen with the last pick in the second round by the San Diego Chargers, Brees has made himself into a surefire future Hall of Famer. Since teaming up with Sean Payton in 2006, Brees has been a top-tier QB and helped turn the Saints into a perennial Super Bowl contender. In 8 seasons with the Saints, Brees has passed for over 38,000 yards, is the franchise all-time leader in: Career Wins, Passing Touchdowns, Pass Attempts, Pass Completions and Passing Yards. He also lead the team to a Super Bowl victory in 2009.
- Warren Sapp: (Tampa Bay) Drafted in 1995, Sapp became one of the greatest Defensive Tackles of all-time and a Hall of Famer. In 9 seasons with the Buccaneers, Sapp earned 7 Pro-Bowl trips and a Super Championship. His 96.5 career sacks are the second most career sacks for a defensive tackle and the 28th highest overall for all defensive lineman.
- Rodne Barber: (Tampa Bay) Barber was drafted in 1997 and spent the next 16 years serving as the cornerstone of Tampa’s defensive backs. In his time he accumulated five All-Pro selections five trips to the Pro-Bowl, and one Super Bowl ring.
- Morten Anderson: (New Orleans & Atlanta) The Great Dane almost wasn’t eligible for the list as most of his time spent with the Saints and the Falcons came before 2002. However, his second stint with Atlanta secured his spot in the rankings. Anderson retired, not only as the all-time leading scorer for both the Saints and the Falcons, but as the all-time leading scorer in the NFL!
- Steve Smith: (Carolina) Drafted in the third round in 2001, Smith became one of the best and most feared players in the league. The fiery 5-9 receiver is a 5x Pro-Bowler and a 3x All-Pro selection. In 2005 he lead the league in catches, receiving yards, and touchdowns. Smith is also the Panthers’ all-time leader in total touchdowns, receptions, and receiving yards.
- John Kasay: (Carolina & New Orleans) the Panthers signed Kasay as a free agent prior to their first season and he remained there for 15 seasons. The longest tenured Panther ever holds virtually every kicking record for Carolina and is the all-time leader in franchise points.
- Muhsin Muhammad: (Carolina) The two time Pro-Bowler lead the league in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns in 2004. Moose also holds the record for longest Super Bowl touchdown catch.
- Roddy White: (Atlanta) Drafted by the Falcons in the first round in 2005, White has consistently been one of the best receivers in the league. White has gone to 4 Pro-Bowls and is the franchise leader in catches and receiving yards.
- Warrick Dunn: (Tampa Bay & Atlanta) Dunn was selected by Tampa Bay with the 12th overall pick in 1997. He went on to win Offensive Rookie of the Year as well as being a Pro-Bowl selection. Dunn was a steady force in the NFC South playing all 12 years for either the Buccaneers or Falcons. Along his illustrious career, Dunn would rack up over 10,000 yards rushing and 3 trips to the Pro-Bowl.
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