Good News at Last

After a week of turmoil, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers finally received some good news on Wednesday when LB Derrick Brooks and CB Ronde Barber were named to the NFC Pro Bowl team. The game will be played in Honolulu on Feb. 13. Brooks will be making his eighth trip to the Pro Bowl, breaking a tie with former DT Warren Sapp for most appearances by a Buccaneer. He is now one of only nine linebackers in NFL history to receive eight invitations.

After a week of turmoil, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers finally received some good news on Wednesday when LB Derrick Brooks and CB Ronde Barber were named to the NFC Pro Bowl team.

The game will be played in Honolulu on Feb. 13.

Brooks will be making his eighth trip to the Pro Bowl, breaking a tie with former DT Warren Sapp for most appearances by a Buccaneer. He is now one of only nine linebackers in NFL history to receive eight invitations.

Barber will be making his second appearance. His previous one was in 2001. Barber leads Bucs defensive backs with 92 tackles this season and has scored two touchdowns.

"I am excited about it,'' Barber said. ""I was there in 2001 and thought I had good seasons since then. I think everybody recognizes that and I am glad to be going back.''

Two other Bucs defensive standouts – Greg Spires and Simeon Rice – were disappointed about not making the team.

"I am the best this league has got,'' ‘Rice said. "I am the best this league has at a defensive position. I have never spoken those veins, but I know it…It is what it is. It is not a big deal to me anymore.''

Spires is perhaps the most underrated player on the Bucs defense, so he wasn't expecting any favors.

"I basically make goals for myself in the beginning and if I am happy and can leave the field knowing I have done everything that I can, then that is a good feeling right there and I am alright.''

The Bucs had nine players in the Pro Bowl following the 2000 season and seven after the 2002 Super Bowl championship season.

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