Five memorable Warrick Dunn moments
Giving back | Every day
For everything Dunn has done on the field, it is dwarfed by what he has done off it. He helped raise his siblings after his mother, a police officer, was shot and killed. With that as inspiration, Dunn founded Home for the Holidays, which provides single-parent families with furnished homes. To date, Dunn's program has assisted 84 single parents and 224 dependents, including 35 mothers and 94 children in Tampa Bay.
A nod to the Falcons | Oct. 15, 2006
Sorry to interrupt Dunn's highlights with the Bucs, but it's impossible to talk about his career without mentioning his spectacular run for the Falcons against the Giants in 2006. On Atlanta's first play from scrimmage in the second half, Dunn ripped off a 90-yard touchdown — the longest of his career and longest in franchise history.
Most catches in a Bucs playoff game:
No. Date Opp.
Warrick Dunn 8 Jan. 12, '02 Eagles
Joey Galloway 7Jan. 7, '06 Redskins
Keyshawn Johnson 6Dec. 31, '00 Eagles
Keyshawn Johnson 6Jan. 26, '03 Raiders
His best day ever | Dec. 3, 2000
The greatest day of Dunn's career came in a 27-7 win against Dallas in 2000. He rushed for a career-high 210 yards and two scores on 22 carries. The yards were 9 fewer than James Wilder's franchise record and included a 70-yard TD that currently is the sixth-longest run in franchise history and fourth-longest TD run.
Next best day ever | Nov. 18, 2001
Dunn wasn't simply a one-dimensional back. He was a dual threat as proved by his 510 receptions, more than Hall of Fame receivers Lynn Swann and Paul Warfield. His best receiving day was a 12-catch, 138-yard performance in a loss to the Bears in 2001. He is only the sixth running back to have more than 10,000 rushing yards and 500 catches (LaDainian Tomlinson is the only other active player on that list).
Run to a title | Jan. 26, 2003
Leading 34-21 with less than two minutes left in Super Bowl XXXVII, the Bucs were counting down the seconds before celebrating their first championship. Facing third and 18 from his 29, Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon was trying to mount a late charge when Brooks picked off a pass and rumbled 44 yards for an exclamation point touchdown and 41-21 lead with 1:18 left. The Bucs tacked on another interception return for a touchdown for a 48-21 victory and their only Super Bowl.
Setting a record | Dec. 21, 1997
The longest run of Dunn's Bucs career came during his rookie season in 1997. Facing the Bears in the regular-season finale, Dunn took a handoff, broke several tackles then knifed outside. When his highlight-reel run ended, he had raced 76 yards for what was then the longest run in franchise history. Dunn's 119 yards sparked the Bucs to a 31-14 win that clinched their first playoff berth since 1982. The next week, at home against the Lions, Dunn's 72 yards on 18 carries helped the Bucs to their first playoff win since 1979.
Five memorable Derrick Brooks moments
Aloha means hello | Feb. 12, 2006
The first line on Brooks' resume is he earned 11 Pro Bowl selections. His finest performance came in the 2006 game. With the scored tied at 10 in the third quarter, Brooks intercepted Kansas City's Trent Green and raced 59 yards for a touchdown. Brooks was named the game's most valuable player.
The record-setter | Sept. 30, 2001
Maybe Brooks' best game as a pro. He set a franchise record with an incredible 23 tackles (18 of them solo) in a game at Minnesota. The record he broke, by the way, was the 22 of Hardy Nickerson (1997) and … Derrick Brooks (2000). If his record-setting performance weren't enough, Brooks also intercepted a pass on Minnesota's first possession to set up a field goal.
Brooks also holds the franchise record for career tackles …
Derrick Brooks '95-08 2,198
Ronde Barber '97- 1,065
Hardy Nickerson '93-99 1,028
Shelton Quarles '97-06 985
Defensive TDs in a season …
… career games (regular season)
Derrick Brooks '95-08 224
Dave Moore '92-01, '04-06 190
Paul Gruber '88-99 183
Ronde Barber '97- 177
John Lynch '93-03 164
Aloha means goodbye, too | Dec. 28, 2008
If Brooks never plays again, his last game was not special, a home loss to the Raiders that knocked the Bucs out of playoff contention. In fact, it was difficult to watch him limp with a bum hamstring. But it was notable. He made nine tackles to cap a season in which he earned another Pro Bowl selection — the 11th of his career. But what made his last game so significant is it meant he never missed a game in a Bucs uniform. In all, he finished his Bucs career with 224 regular-season games and 208 consecutive starts — the longest streak among active defensive players in the NFL and second only to QB Brett Favre, who recently retired.
'Pitch it here, doom!' | Oct. 6, 2002
Holding onto a slim lead late against the Falcons, QB Doug Johnson floated a weak pass into the air that was picked off by Warren Sapp. As he was fighting off a tackle, Sapp heard Brooks calling for him.
"Pitch it here, doom!' " Sapp said Brooks yelled. "Doom. Room doom. You know, your roommate, your doom. 'Pitch it here, doom.' I looked at him, and I said, 'Oh, that's easy. Here you go.' "
Brooks ran 15 yards for a touchdown. He become the first linebacker in the NFL to return three interceptions for touchdowns in a season. He also returned a fumble for a score to become the first outside linebacker to score four touchdowns in a season. After the season, he was named the NFL defensive player of the year.