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Bucs’ Dwight Smith among 53 greatest players in Super Bowl history

The former Buccaneers safety is listed alongside Tom Brady, Joe Montana, Terry Bradshaw, Joe Namath and others.
Bucs safety Dwight Smith runs into the end zone with an interception returning during the second half of Super Bowl XXXVII against the Oakland Raiders in San Diego in 2003. [AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill]
Bucs safety Dwight Smith runs into the end zone with an interception returning during the second half of Super Bowl XXXVII against the Oakland Raiders in San Diego in 2003. [AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill]
Published Jan. 25, 2019
Updated Jan. 25, 2019

Hall of Famers Derrick Brooks and Warren Sapp aren’t on the list.

Neither is Super Bowl XXXVII MVP Dexter Jackson.

But one other former Buc ranks among the 53 greatest players in Super Bowl history, according to USA Today.

Safety Dwight Smith.

Smith, who returned two interceptions for touchdowns during the Bucs' 48-21 victory over the Raiders in January 2003, ranks 46th, ahead of luminaries such as Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, a two-time Super Bowl champion, and former Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman, a three-time winner.

Compiling the list was “a near-impossible endeavor,” USA Today’s Nate Davis admits.

“Do you favor the biggest stars?” he writes. “Those who shone brightest on Super Sunday? The ones with a sustained level of excellence? While undertaking this fool’s errand, we weighed each consideration, attempting to also make it representative of all positions rather than skew too heavily toward quarterbacks or offensive players who more easily show up in the box score (and MVP log).”

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, whose four Super Bowl MVP awards are more than any other player, ranks first.

Former Bucs QB Doug Williams, who threw four second-quarter touchdowns in a 42-10 romp over the Broncos in Super Bowl XXII, is sixth.

Steve Young, who played two seasons in Tampa Bay before going on to win three Super Bowls with the 49ers, ranks 14th.