Dexter Jackson No. 46

February 1st, 2016
Where does Bucs Super Bowl MVP Dexter Jackson rank?

Where does Super Bowl MVP Dexter Jackson rank?

Joe forever must refer to former Bucs safety Dexter Jackson as “the good Dexter Jackson.”

That’s because the scaredy cat waste of a second round pick of a kick returner from a Division I-AA program soiled the name.

But Dexter Jackson’s name, the good Dexter Jackson’s, is forever etched in Bucs’ lore. That’s because he was the Most Valuable Player in Tampa Bay’s lone Super Bowl appearance and win.

Mike Sando of BSPN decided to rank the top 50 Super Bowl MVPs and Jackson nearly rides in the caboose at No. 46.

46 DEXTER JACKSON S, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Super Bowl XXXVII

Two first-half interceptions made Jackson the early leader among several MVP candidates from the Buccaneers’ defense following a 48-21 dismantling of the Oakland Raiders. Teammate Dwight Smith had two returned interceptions for touchdowns in the second half, after the score was lopsided, and Simeon Rice had two sacks. The Raiders, playing without AWOL center Barrett Robbins, fell behind 20-3 by halftime after entering the game as 3.5-point favorites. The Raiders finished the game with five turnovers and just 11 first downs.

The game was such a blowout that voters turned in their ballots maybe a bit too early. Because of that, Jackson maybe got the award by chance more than effort.

Joe’s not about to mock Jackson’s performance. It was because of him the Bucs jumped out to an early lead. However, even at that time, Joe thought Simeon Rice should have been MVP. The dude hounded Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon all game.

And can we stop with the Raiders whining about Robbins going mental in Mexico as the reason for their loss? A high-powered offense like the Raiders had that year doesn’t get shut down solely because a starting center didn’t dress for the game. Stop it!

24 Responses to “Dexter Jackson No. 46”

  1. The Buc Realist Says:

    Its a shame that only a player can be declared! The real SuperBowl MVP was Coach Jon Gruden!!! He who had built the other team and crafted the offense and all the signals!! it was over before it began!!!

    without Gruden no trophy!!!

  2. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    And can we stop with the Raiders whining about Robbins going mental in Mexico

    Yes stop the whining!!! The Raiders have a history of bringing in mentally challenged dudes. Sow the wind reap the whirlwind.

    This would be like the Bengals whining if Burfict or Pacman got suspended costing them a game.

    Bring in the mental losers…then you have no right to whine when they cost you games!

  3. Bucsfanman Says:

    @Realist- Can I get an AMEN?!

  4. The Buc Realist Says:


    AMEN Brother!!!!!

  5. LargoBuc Says:

    And of course, the national media covers every word of Tim Brown and Jerry Rice. They have actually convinced fans around the country that we dont deserve our super bowl, that its discredited, I heard fans literally try to convince other fans that sb 37 will be vacated. And of course I defend my team, but every word I type is labeled invalid not because of their meaning or being backed by facts, but because they come from a Bucs fan, a fan who’s opinion holds zero weight. Its one of the reasons I dont bother with bspn anymore. We all know the syruggle and what it took to get there. Then you got fans of teams, some of which have never won a sb brfore, have the nerve to tell me our sb dosent count. Being around posters on here and Bucnation, despite difference of opinion, keep me sane as a Bucs fan.

  6. Sapp, STFU Says:

    Multiple players on defense should have been MVP. Too bad they couldn’t do it like MNF did earlier in the season. They named the entire defense MVP on MNF.

  7. Sapp, STFU Says:

    LargoBuc, Remind all of them that if our SB should be vacated, they should return the 4 draft picks and $8mm. They accepted a ransom that included handing over their brains. In the end, it back-fired.

  8. biff barker Says:

    The Gruden trade also changed the rules… can’t trade coaches for picks since.

  9. BucTrooper Says:

    If it’s not the center disappearing before the Super Bowl, it’s because Chuck he had the Raiders playbook. I don’t think there is a Super Bowl in history where more is done by the media to discredit the winners’ achievement then Super Bowl 37.

  10. Buc1987 Says:

    Per :

    “Barret Robbins goes AWOL before Super Bowl XXXVIII
    Could anything be more distracting than your All-Pro center disappearing two days before the Super Bowl? Robbins had missed many practices during the 2002 season, and head coach Bill Callahan wanted to bench him, but the proposed move was vetoed by owner Al Davis. Some said Robbins appeared withdrawn throughout Super Bowl week, and even though the team tried to watch him, he slipped out — disappearing all day Saturday on a drinking binge in Tijuana and Pacific Beach.”

    “Robbins contacted the team late Saturday, and team officials told him he couldn’t play in the Super Bowl. Robbins, suffering from alcohol poisoning, was hospitalized under a suicide watch.”

    HEY I used to live in PB and TJ was my weekend home, definitely a good place party if you’re going to do it.

  11. Rod Munch Says:

    The Raiders missing their center is the reason the Bucs defense outscored Oaklands offense.

  12. Another J Says:

    Dwight Smith was an animal in the game.

  13. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Some idiots claim gruden paid off callahan to throw the game. Lol

  14. Pick6 Says:

    DJax was the 4th or 5th most deserving in that game…Dwight Smith the stat sheet headliner (2 INT TDs), Simeon Rice was pretty dominant, Brooks had a TD of his own, and mike pittman had one of his biggest games as a rusher at the most important time

  15. unbelievable Says:


    You used to live in PB? No sh!t man, me too! Been in OB for the last 5 years now though, love it here!

  16. Espo Says:

    I think Dex deserved it, but definitely benefited from timing, our pass rush, and knowledge of the Raiders’ playbook.

  17. mike10 Says:


  18. DavidbigBucsFan Says:

    Yeah Sexy Dexy got MVP and prior to that every MVP got to headline Disneyland but who was chosen instead??? Brad Johnson. Wonder why that was? Let the excuses begin!

  19. DavidbigBucsFan Says:

    Oh Espo Dexter had very good instincts and all the secondary benefitted from that line. That team will always prove Realist wrong. The Tampa2 does work but no team plays it 100%of the time.

  20. Buc1987 Says:

    unbelievable…yah I lived there for about a year and a 1/2. Right near the beach. Best place I’ve ever lived. The fireworks display on the 4th of July at Mission Bay are second to none. I was on the plane looking out the window before take off heading back to Tampa and thought to myself wth am I doing going back to the Tampa Bay area over San Diego?

    I miss that place man. I always tell people that have never been there. There’s California and then there’s the rest of America. The rest of America is nothing like California.

    Ocean Beach must be nice if you left PB!

  21. Buc1987 Says:

    It was in the late 80’s 89-part of 91. Wore my creamsicle Vinny jersey all the time as San Diegans tried to get me to convert to the Chargers or 49ers. I would not waiver.

  22. unbelievable Says:

    Hahaha Chargers fans… nothing quite like them.

    I was a bit reluctant heading to OB after PB (oh, the girls in PB!), but I love it here. Having a dog,

  23. unbelievable Says:

    Whoops, got cut off.

    With having a dog, I find OB to be more interesting and enjoyable going on walks and such. All the little beaches and coves are great places to explore and keep me from getting sick of walking around the same few blocks everyday. Plus the vibe here is so chill now, the days of the ‘war zone’ are mostly over…

  24. Caleb Says:

    Ok ok ok, hold up here… First, we always had the team before Gruden got there in a trade, we just couldn’t win against the good teams when it matter (e.g. Eagles). Before Gruden, we would get out coached (no disrespect to dungey) dungey, he built our team, just didn’t have the fire players need for the big games. That’s where Gruden comes in, he would constantly challenge our guys, Warren Sapp said it best, “when it was dungey, he’d be like, hey how you doing warren”. “When it was Gruden, he be like, I’m gonna get you today you son of a b!tch”. Just saying, Gruden knew how to challenge someone (our players) to bring big out the best.

    As far as discredit to our Super Bowl win, well here’s what I say to those haters. First, we beat every team that was spouse to beat us, San Fran and Philly. We also dominated both those games. Next was Oakland, and let’s get something straight. Gruden didn’t know there playbook ok, completely different offense, they didn’t have near the receiving talent when Gruden was there. Anyway, Gruden knew Gannon, his tendencies and what to watch for when Gannon would make certain calls. I would be ignorant to say that it didn’t give us an advantage, but that stuff happens all the time, coaches going here and there every year, and yes they can game plan better vs a guy they know. Let’s be serious, it got magnified because it was the super bowl, it was a great media story, but that’s it.

    We beat the best in the league to get to the super bowl, and because Gannon played just the way Gruden thought he would we spanked there butt too, I call it if anything poor game planning by Oakland to not try and change it up at all. Good coaches good a long way in this league and our coach out coached there’s that day plain and simple.