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Capsule looks at five veterans released by Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Derrick Brooks, Warrick Dunn, Joey Galloway, Ike Hilliard, Cato June

Warrick Dunn | RB

Age: 34

Tenure (NFL/Bucs): 12/6

Acquired: Draft, first round, 1997 (Florida State)

2008 stats: 186 rushes, 786 yards, two TDs

career stats: 2,669 rushes; 10,967 yards; 49 TDs

HIghlights: Third on Bucs' career rushing list (4,986 yards). … Fifth on Bucs' TD list (28). … Rushed for 210 yards in a game against Dallas in 2000.

Legacy: Associated Press NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1997. … Three-time Pro Bowl pick. … Fourth on active rushing list. … A dual threat, was the NFL's only active back with 10,000-plus rushing yards and 4,000-plus receiving yards entering 2008. … Has five seasons rushing for at least 1,000 yards (career-best 1,416 with Atlanta in 2005). … Last March signed a two-year, $6 million contract to return to Tampa Bay after playing six seasons in Atlanta. … Has helped raise millions for charity through Warrick Dunn Foundation and Homes for the Holidays program, which provides the down payment on houses for needy single-parent families. … Won 2004 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award for on- and off-field contributions.

Derrick Brooks | LB

Age: 35

Tenure (NFL/Bucs): 14/14

Acquired: Draft, first round, 1995 (Florida State)

2008 stats: 73 tackles (58 solo); one INT

career stats: 2,160 tackles (1,489 solo); 25 INTs; seven TDs

Highlights: Bucs' career leading tackler; second in defensive TDs; fifth on INT list. … 44-yard INT return for a touchdown against Oakland helped secure Bucs' Super Bowl victory in the 2002 season. … One of four players in NFL history to be selected for 10 straight Pro Bowls, win defensive player of the year award (2002) and win a Super Bowl.

Legacy: One of the greatest players of his generation, Brooks thrived in former defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin's Tampa 2 as a weakside linebacker strong enough to stuff the inside run and fast enough to cover the field. … Has started 208 consecutive games. … Likely a first-ballot Hall of Fame selection. … One of the most popular players in team history. … Noted philanthropist through Derrick Brooks Charities and opened a charter school, Brooks-DeBartolo Collegiate High School in Tampa. … Won 2000 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award for on- and off-field contributions.

Joey Galloway | WR

Age: 37

Tenure (NFL/Bucs): 14/5

Acquired: Trade, from Dallas in 2004 for WR Keyshawn Johnson

2008 stats: 13 receptions; 138 yards

career stats: 682 receptions; 10,710 yards; 77 TDs

Highlights: Third on Bucs' career TD receptions list (28); fourth on receiving-yards list (3,912). … Only receiver with three 1,000-yard seasons for Tampa Bay (2005-07). … One of two players in NFL history with three 1,000-yard receiving seasons with two teams (1995, 1997-98 with Seattle); Henry Ellard did it with the Los Angeles Rams from 1988-91 and the Redskins 1994-96.

Legacy: Limited to nine games last season because of a foot injury after three seasons as the Bucs' deep threat. … Seahawks' 1995 first-round pick out of Ohio State. … Eighth among active receivers with 10,710 yards.

Ike Hilliard | WR

Age: 32

Tenure (NFL/Bucs): 12/4

Acquired: Free-agent signee, 2005

2008 stats: 47 receptions; 424 yards; four TDs

career stats: 546 receptions; 6,397 yards; 35 TDs

Highlights: Nine career 100-yard receiving games, including 2000 NFC Championship Game while with the Giants.

Legacy: The Giants' 1997 first-round draft pick out of Florida was a consummate possession receiver for Bucs teams that rarely went deep. … Entering last season, 61 percent of his Bucs receptions resulted in first downs.

Cato June | LB

Age: 29

Tenure (NFL/Bucs): 6/2

Acquired: Free-agent signee, 2007

2008 stats: 67 tackles (49 solo); 1 INT

career stats: 498 tackles (351 solo); 12 INTs

HIGHLIGHTS: Had season-best nine tackles in 2008 season-ending 31-24 loss to Oakland. … Selected to 2005 Pro Bowl. … Won 2007 Super Bowl with Colts, who made him a sixth-round pick out of Michigan in 2003.

Legacy: Versatile LB in the Tampa 2, he figured to be Brooks' replacement.

Capsule looks at five veterans released by Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Derrick Brooks, Warrick Dunn, Joey Galloway, Ike Hilliard, Cato June 02/25/09 [Last modified: Thursday, February 26, 2009 7:23am]
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