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Jermaine Phillips (born March 27, 1979 in Roswell, Georgia) is an American
football safety and linebacker for the Tampa Bay
Buccaneers of the National Football League. He
was drafted by the Buccaneers in the fifth round of the 2002 NFL Draft.
He played college football at Georgia.
Phillips earned a Super Bowl ring with the Buccaneers in
Phillips played high school football at Roswell High School in Roswell,
Georgia. While there he played both quarterback and defensive back. In 1996 he was a
first-team All-Area and Area Player of the Year and was named to
the Fox Sports All-South second-team.
Phillips played college football at Georgia. From 1998–1999 he
was one of Georgia's back up wide receivers. In 2000 he became a
strong safety and was third on the team in total tackles with 85
and also had two interceptions. In 2001, Phillips was All-Southeastern Conference
first-team selection by the National Sports Bureau after leading
his team with three interceptions, four forced fumbles, and second
on the team with eighty tackles. He was invited to play in the 2002
Senior Bowl college
all-star game. His major was health and physical education.
Phillips was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fifth
round (157 overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft. He took over the starting role
when long time Buccaneer player John Lynch (who signed
with the Denver
Broncos) was released because of salary cap issues before the start of the
2004 season. During
season he had a career high four interceptions.
free agent in the 2009 offseason, Phillips re-signed with the
Buccaneers on March 5. Shortly after, it was reported the
Buccaneers would experiment with moving Phillips from safety to