With ESPN having an all-decade week in the NFL, I thought, "Why not create an NFC South all-decade team?"
The qualifications on this list are simple: the players obviously must have played in the NFC South and for a number of years, and the players had to be productive.
The more years a player played in the NFC South, the more likely they made it, which is why someone like Kynan Forney beat out Davin Joseph.
Most people think Drew Brees or even Michael Vick should be in this spot, but Delhomme has been the only quarterback that has been in this division the entire decade.
After two years with the Saints, Delhomme moved to Carolina where he amassed over 17,000 passing yards and 112 touchdowns this decade.
Is this pick even a competition?
Like Delhomme, Dunn has played his entire career in the NFC South playing for the Bucs for two seasons at the start of the decade, then with the Falcons for six seasons, and back with the Bucs for one more.
In all, Dunn has earned 8,347 yards for the NFC South and 43 touchdowns.
Only six of his 12 NFL seasons were played this decade, but Alstott still gets the nod here. With over 2,250 rushing yards and 37 total touchdowns, Alstott truly deserves this honor.
Smith has played for the Carolina Panthers his entire nine-year career. Smith has gained over 7,300 receiving yards and 51 total touchdowns (43 receiving, two rushing, two kick return, four punt return).
Horn has played this entire decade in the NFC South up until he retired in 2007. Playing mostly with the Saints and then a short one season stint with the Falcons, Horn has amassed 7,865 receiving yards and 51 touchdowns.
Crumpler played with the Falcons for seven seasons from 2001-2007 until he was released. Crumpler played in all but just four games in his Falcons career and has caught 316 passes for 4,212 yards and 35 touchdowns.
Gross has spent six years with the Panthers and started all but one game in that span. He is now arguably one of the best tackles in the league.
Weiner spent seven years with the Falcons from 2002-08 and has played in all but nine of those games. Good enough for me.
Has played in 58 games for the Panthers since 2004 and is a part of a good line that blocked for DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart last season.
Played with the Falcons from 2001-2007 and started 89 games and played in 95 of those games. He was a big part of the Falcons rushing game that led the league in rushing from 2004-2006.
McClure is the only center who has played in the NFC South this entire decade. He has played in 137 games, starting in 134 of them. Like Forney and Weiner, he was a huge part to the Falcons' rushing success from 2004-2006.
He played with the Panthers from 2001 until he left for New York last season. During that stint, he totaled 215 tackles and 20.5 sacks.
He only played in with the Bucs for four seasons this decade, but is still deserving of making the list. In that time, he racked up over 130 tackles and 35 sacks, including an astonishing 16.5 in 2000.
Rice played for the Bucs from 2001-2006. In that time, he totaled 242 tackles and 121 sacks; that's an average of over 12 a season.
He has played great ever since he entered the league in 2002 except a down year in 2007. Peppers has 70.5 sacks and 339 tackles this decade, and he isn't done yet.
It is truly sad to see Brooking leave the Falcons after 11 great seasons in Atlanta. He started all 16 games every season since 2001 and has over 100 tackles every season this decade. He has over 1,000 tackles this decade, with 17 sacks and 12 interceptions.
Brooks played with the Bucs his entire career and this entire decade. He has played in every single game of his career and has started all but three of them. He has over 900 tackles this decade including 13 sacks and 25 interceptions.
It's just too bad he can't find a team now.
Morgan's career will always be known as what could have been if not for injuries, but he still makes the list.
Morgan is a true inspiration, fighting back from every injury he had. We all saw what he could do in 2004, even though he only played 12 games that season. This decade, Morgan has over 400 tackles, seven sacks, and five interceptions.
Barber has started every game this decade for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He's entering his 13th season and can still get it done. He's totaled over 700 tackles and 33 interceptions, returning seven for touchdowns, this decade.
Barber is an absolutely an amazing man and player, and no doubt has been the best corner in the NFC South, maybe NFL, this decade.
Gamble has only played five seasons this decade, but he has played well during them. He's totaled 355 tackles and 20 interceptions in 77 career games.
Bellamy played with the Saints from 2001-2007 and in that time totaled 392 tackles and 13 interceptions. Bellamy always played bigger than his size, and that's why he made the list.
Minter started in all but two games this decade until he retired in 2006 after his 10th season. Minter rallied up over 500 tackles and picked off 13 passes, four of which were returned for touchdowns.
Kasay has been with the Panthers this entire decade and is the only kicker to do so, which is why he's on the list.
He's made 178 field goals out of 213 attempts, good for 84 percent, and has only missed two extra points this decade.
Bidwell has only been with the Bucs since 2004, but is still deserving of this spot. He has punted 419 times this decade for 18,426 yards. He has also landed 124 punts inside the 20 yard line.