Tampa Bay Buccaneers

My All Time Favorite Tampa Bay Buccaneers Players

Formed in 1976, the Buccaneers had some really, really bad teams in their early years. Despite a few playoff trips in the late ’70s and early ’80s, the Bucs were tough to watch. During that time, they did have one of the best defensive ends in NFL history in Lee Roy Selmon. The same goes for legendary quarterback Doug Williams. Unfortunately for the Buccaneers, Williams left the team for the USFL in a contract dispute. It took them years to recover. In the mid-’90s, the Buccaneers finally started to turn things around when they started to acquire the players that would make up the foundation of contending teams to come. Many of these players are considered the best in team history. Some, like lineman Warren Sapp, are some of top at their respective position. Sapp in particular is one of the best defensive tackles of all time.

Derrick Brooks, Ronde Barber and John Lynch were all parts of strong defensive teams that were perennial playoff contenders. On offense, fullback Mike Alstott was one of the team’s most popular players because of his hard-nosed running. Finally after the 2003 season, the Bucs captured their first Super Bowl title behind the efforts of some of the best players in team history one of the best defenses of all time.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have gone from early obscurity to NFL Champions. In recent years, their defense has been the envy of the NFL.

OFFENSE

QUARTERBACKS

Doug Williams

Doug Williams - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1979 Topps #48 Rookie Card

 

Vinny Testaverde

Vinny Testaverde - Tampa Bay Buccaneers - New York Jets

1988 Topps #352 Super Rookie Card

RUNNING BACKS

James Wilder

James Wilder - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1982 Topps #507 Rookie Card

 

Warrick Dunn

Warrick Dunn - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1997 Skybox #220 Rookie Card

 

Mike Alstott

Mike Alstott - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1996 Leaf #185 Rookie Card

WIDE RECEIVERS

Mark Carrier

Mark Carrier - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1989 Score #188 Rookie Card

 

Kevin House

Kevin House - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1981 Topps #214 Rookie Card

 

Keyshawn Johnson

Keyshawn Johnson - New York Jets - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1997 Fleer #11 Rookie Card

 

TIGHT ENDS

Jimmie Giles

Jimmie Giles - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1980 Topps #131 Rookie Card

 

Ron Hall

Ron Hall - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1990 Fleer #346 Rookie Card

 

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

OT – Paul Gruber (1988-1999)

OG – Frank Middleton (1997-2000)

OC – Tony Mayberry (1990-1999)

Randy Grimes

Randy Grimes - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1989 Pro Set #410 Rookie Card

 

OT – Dave Reavis (1976-1983)

 

DEFENSE

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Lee Roy Selmon

Leroy Selmon - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1977 Topps #29 Rookie Card

 

Warren Sapp

Warren Sapp - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1995 Upper Deck SP #99 Rookie Card

 

DT – David Logan (1979-1986)

Simeon Rice

Simeon Rice - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1996 Pinnacle #181 Rookie Card

 

LINEBACKERS

Derrick Brooks

Derrick Brooks - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1993 Upper Deck SP #103 Rookie Card

 

Hardy Nickerson

Hardy Nickerson - Pittsburgh Steelers - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1989 Score #199 Rookie Card

 

LB – Shelton Quarles (1997-2006)

Hugh Green

Hugh Green - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1982 Topps #500 Rookie Card

 

 

DEFENSIVE BACKS

CB – Ronde Barber (1997-2008)

CB – Donnie Abraham (1996-2001)

Ricky Reynolds

Ricky Reynolds - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1989 Topps #334 Rookie Card

 

Cedric Brown

Cedric Brown - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1982 Topps #496 Rookie Card

 

John Lynch

John Lynch - Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Denver Broncos

1993 Upper Deck #259 Rookie Card

Mark Cotney

Mark Cotney - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1980 Topps #453 Rookie Card

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

K – Martin Gramatica

Martin Gramatica - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1999 Fleer Focus #105 Red Rookie Card

P – Josh Bidwell (2004-2008)

PR – Karl Williams (1996-2003)

KR – Aaron Stecker

Aaron Stecker - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2000 Bowman Chrome #155 Rookie Card

 

HEAD COACHES

Tony Dungy (1996-2001)

Tony Dungee - Pittsburgh Steelers - Team Leader - Indianapolis Colts Coach - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Coach - Player / Coach - L.C. Greenwood - Franco Harris - Larry Anderson - Pittsburgh Steelers

1979 Topps #19 Pittsburgh Steelers Team Checklist Card

 

NICKNAME

  • A team advisory board reviewed 400 name possibilities and selected Buccaneers, based on a local pirate legend.

COACHES

  • John McKay (1976-1984)
  • Leeman Bennett (1985-1986)
  • Ray Perkins (1987-1990)
  • Richard Williamson (1990-1991)
  • Sam Wyche (1992-1995)
  • Tony Dungy (1996-2001)
  • Jon Gruden (2002-2008)
  • Raheem Morris (2009-2011)
  • Greg Schiano (2012-2013)
  • Lovie Smith (2014-2015)
  • Dirk Koetter (2016-Present)

SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS

  • XXXVII (2002) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeat Oakland Raiders 48-21

SUPER BOWL APPEARANCES

  • XXXVII (2002) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Oakland Raiders

NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

  • 1979, 1999, 2002

DIVISION CHAMPIONS

  • 1979, 1981, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2007

PLAYOFF APPEARANCES

  • 1979, 1981, 1982, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007

PLAYOFF RECORD

  • 6-9 .400

HALL OF FAME PLAYERS

  • Randall McDaniel G (2000-2001)
  • Lee Roy Selmon DE (1976-1984)
  • Steve Young QB (1985-1986)
  • Derrick Brooks LB (1995-2008)
  • Warren Sapp DT (1995-2003)

RETIRED NUMBERS

  • 40 Mike Alstott FB (1996-2006)
  • 55 Derrick Brooks LB (1995-2008)
  • 63 Lee Roy Selmon DE (1976-1984)
  • 99 Warren Sapp DT (1995-2003)

PRO BOWL MVP

  • 1982 Lee Roy Selmon DE
  • 2006 Derrick Brooks LB

AWARDS

COACH OF THE YEAR

  • None

DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

  • None

OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

  • 1997 Warick Dunn RB
  • 2005 Cadillac Williams RB

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

  • 1979 Lee Roy Selmon LB
  • 1999 Warren Sapp DT
  • 2002 Derrick Brooks LB

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

  • None

NFL MVP:

  • None

SUPER BOWL MVP

  • Super Bowl XXXVII – Dexter Jackson S (2002)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had humble beginnings. In the 1990’s, the Buccaneers became a perennial playoff team. When Jon Gruden came to town, he added a great offense to the great defense Tony Dungy had built. The result was a Tampa Buccaneers Super Bowl victory.

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