Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks may finally see his streak of Pro Bowl appearances come to an end this year.
Brooks was not among the 42 NFC players named to the Pro Bowl on Tuesday.
For that matter, neither were any of his teammates.
Not a single Bucs player will make the trip to Hawaii, as the roster stands now. It’s a surprising development and perhaps a slap in the face to a team that just clinched its third division title in six years on Sunday.
Brooks has been to Hawaii after each of the last 10 seasons, a streak tied for second best among NFL linebackers all-time, behind only New England’s Junior Seau (12 appearances). His 10 appearances is also tied for second all-time with former Chicago linebacker Mike Singletary and former Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor.
Brooks nearly missed last year’s Pro Bowl, but was named an injury replacement after the season ended.
Brooks is the Bucs’ second-leading tackler this season with 153 tackles.
The Buccaneers, like the rest of the NFL, had Tuesday off. They’ll have an opportunity to comment on the selections on Wednesday.
Third-year linebacker Barrett Ruud, the team leader with 161 tackles plus two interceptions, may be the most glaring omission among the defense. Tapped to replace Shelton Quarles at middle linebacker in the offseason, he was the NFC Defensive Player of the Month after a scorching start and never slowed down.
Seattle’s Lofa Tatupu and San Francisco rookie Patrick Willis were the only inside linebackers selected.
CB Ronde Barber also saw his three-year streak of traveling to Hawaii end on Tuesday. Barber returned an interception for a touchdown on Sunday against Atlanta. He has 87 tackles, a sack and two interceptions this season, along with a team-high 15 passes defended.
Green Bay’s Al Harris, Seattle’s Marcus Trufant and Dallas’ Terrance Newman were the cornerbacks selected.
No Buccaneers were selected on offense either.
That means that WR Joey Galloway failed to make his first Pro Bowl. In his 13th season, Galloway has 56 receptions for 985 yards and six touchdowns this season. With 15 more yards, he can record his third straight 1,000-yard receiving season, a career-best.
Dallas’ Terrell Owens, Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald, St. Louis’ Torry Holt and Green Bay’s Donald Driver were the receivers selected.
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