Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

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]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Bucs journal: Game gets away when offense has slow start


    MINNEAPOLIS — While the Bucs defense struggled to handle multiple starters out with injury, Tampa Bay's offense had no such excuse in struggling to score three points in the first half of a 34-17 loss at the Vikings.

    Minnesota Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes (29) breaks up a pass to Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans (13) during the second half. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  2. Rays up next: at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, New York

    The Heater

    Today: Off

    Up next: at Yankees, 7:10 Tuesday, Yankee Stadium

  3. Here kitty, kitty ...


    In a toned down version of the annual rookie dress-up day based on MLB's new anti-hazing policy, Rays rookie players and staff - plus second-year LHP Blake Snell - donned DJ Kitty onesies for the trip to New York.

    Rays rookie players and staff - joined here by Alex Colome - sporting their DJ Kitty onesies before the flight to New York.
  4. Lightning's Nikita Kucherov has a lot to say — about moving on to a much better season

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Nikita Kucherov sits back in his stall and smiles.

    Laughs a little, too.

    Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) prepares for a faceoff during the first period of Friday's  (9/22/17) preseason game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Nashville Predators at Amalie Arena in Tampa.
  5. Chris Archer knocked out early as Rays lose to Orioles (w/video)

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — Another short outing by Chris Archer led to another long afternoon for the Rays in a 9-4 loss to the Orioles on Sunday.

    Chris Archer has not gotten past four innings in four of his past five starts. [WILL VRAGOVIC | Times]