THE 100 GREATEST BUCCANEER PLAYERSThe ultimate franchise countdown as we start an odyssey through the 41 seasons of Buccaneer football to bring you the best ever to wear the orange/white and pewter/red. 47 KARL WILLIAMS Spent eight seasons in Tampa primarily as a punt returner before moving on to wind down his NFL days in Arizona. Had four of the first six punt returns in franchise history, the final one coming in 2002 against the Ravens. Made the team as an undrafted free agent in 1996 and saw extensive playing time as a receiver from then on.48 DAVIN JOSEPH One of the best guards ever to play for the Buccaneers and a solid first round pick who started almost 100 games for the franchise being named to the Pro Bowl after the 2008 season. Went on to play a season for the St.Louis Rams before leaving the NFL for good. Was the 23rd overall pick of the 2006 draft.49 DONNIE ABRAHAM One of the finest CBs to ever play for the Bucs and a deserving Pro Bowl berth rewarded his 2000 season. His play dropped off a level in 2001 and was released in 2002. Went on to play three more seasons in the NFL with the New York Jets. Originally a 3rd-round pick, he worked his way into the starting lineup by 1997. 50 BRUCE HILL Formed a dynamic receiving partnership with Mark Carrier for three seasons and posted a 1,000-yard season himself in 1988. Hampered by injuries in his final season with the Bucs, he did not make the 1992 squad. Caught a touchdown pass in his final NFL game against Philadelphia in 1991 but never played in the NFL again. 51 DOUG MARTIN Had a stunning bounce-back 2015 that saw him finish 2nd in the NFL in rushing, be selected to the Pro Bowl and named an All-Pro. In 2012, he posted the second best rushing season in team history. Owns the two best single-game rushing performances in team history. 52 CHIDI AHANOTU Had an eight-year run as a starter on the Buc defensive line having made the team as a 6th round pick in 1993. Left as a free agent but returned at the end of his career in 2004 when injuries hit the depth on the Buc defense. Was released after the 2000 season and played the following season with the St.Louis Rams.53 JOE JUREVICIUS Popular receiver who played three injury-plagued seasons with the Bucs but came up with huge performances in the 2002 playoffs including a memorable 71-yard catch-and-run in the win over the Eagles. Suffered the emotional heartbreak of his young son being born with complications and dying shortly after the Super Bowl. 54 EARNEST GRAHAM Spent eight seasons with the Buccaneers working his way up from practice squad to special teams, blocking fullback and finally the starting tailback during the 2007 season. Suffered a serious Achilles tendon injury early in the London game in 2011 an injury that ultimately ended his NFL career.55 DANNY REECE Played the first five seasons in franchise history and served as the team's punt returner in the process only calling for seven fair catches in over 200 returns. Played some safety and caught three passes on fake punts and FGs. Came to the Bucs from the Bengals and set an NFL record in 1979 by returning 70 punts in a single year. 56 BRAD CULPEPPER One of the most popular Bucs' players ever. Signed on waivers from the Vikings before the 1994 season, he went on to start for most of six seasons in Tampa Bay forming an on-and off-the-field double act with Warren Sapp. Was released prior to the 2000 season when his play began to drop off.57 ERRICT RHETT Former Gator who broke most of Emmitt Smith's records whilst playing for Steve Spurrier. Became a starter early in his rookie year and recorded the first of two straight 1,000-yard seasons including a 192-yard game against the Redskins. Held out for the first month of the 1996 season and was never was the same player again. 58 IAN BECKLES Long-time starter at guard for the Bucs before leaving as a free agent after the 1996 season and played under Ray Perkins, Richard Williamson, Sam Wyche, and Tony Dungy. Went on to play for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1997-1999 before having brief stints with the New York Jets and the Denver Broncos in 1999 and 2000. 59 MORRIS OWENS Was the main receiving threat in the first four seasons in franchise history and caught the first TD pass in team history from Louis Carter. Was the career scoring leader and receiver in franchise history when his career with the Bucs ended after 1979. Never played in the NFL again after leaving Tampa Bay. 60 JEFF GOOCH Played seven seasons with the Bucs in two separate spells and remains the franchise leader in special teams' tackles. Had one season starting at linebacker but also made six other starts due to injuries elsewhere. Had made the 1996 team as an undrafted free agent. Left the Bucs after the 2001 season to play in Detroit.61 REGGIE COBB Played four years with the Bucs and was the mainstay of the running game during those seasons. Posted a 1,000-yard season in 1992 and scored nine touchdowns but could never really be described as a feature back. Played two further seasons in Green Bay after leaving the Bucs as a free agent after the 1993 season.62 SANTANA DOTSON Burst onto the NFL scene in 1992 with five sacks in his first three games and won an NFL Player of the Week award for the month. Played four seasons with the Bucs and although he was a solid lineman, never played again to that early form. Signed with the Packers after the 1995 season and won a Super Bowl ring.63 ERVIN RANDLE Played six seasons with the Bucs, three as a starting inside linebacker before being traded to the Chiefs. Utilised as a pass rusher more in 1990 and set a career high in sacks with 5.5. Won the NFL's "Hit of the Year" award in 1987 for a crushing tackle on Bears' RB Neal Anderson. 64 MATT BRYANT Played four seasons with the Bucs and was very reliable inside the 40 during his time in Tampa but struggled from longer range except for the time when he made history with his 62-yard game-winning fieldgoal against the Eagles in October 2006. It was the longest fieldgoal in Buccaneer history.65 DAVID LEWIS Was part of the linebacking crew that took the Bucs to the No.1 ranking in the NFL in 1979 and a four-year starter for Tampa Bay. Went to the 1980 Pro Bowl but was traded to San Diego 18 months later. Became a starter for the Bucs as a rookie and was named the team's MVP in one poll in his second season.66 BRODERICK THOMAS Had a couple of seasons in his five-year Buc career as the main tackler and most well-known force on the Tampa defense. Known as "The Sandman", he was eventually cut in June 1994 in a cap-related move. In 1991, he recorded nearly 200 tackles and had 11 sacks.67 JERMAINE PHILLIPS Spent most of seven seasons starting at strong safety for the Buccaneers but only twice made it through a full season without injury. Had replaced John Lynch in the starting line-up in 2004 and also saw time starting at free safety during his Buccaneer career. Was finally released after the 2009 season.68 ROB TAYLOR Former USFL lineman who was in Tampa visiting his wife's family when he stopped and asked for a tryout. Then spent the next eight seasons with the Bucs starting at right tackle for nearly 100 games. His three years in the USFL were with different teams, the Chicago Blitz, the Arizona Wranglers and the Houston Gamblers. 69 KWON ALEXANDER Had another superb season starting at middle linebacker and earned an alternate Pro Bowl nomination as his success was recognised around the NFL. Has now started every game he has been available for and also calls the signals for the defense. Was a unanimous all-NFL rookie selection. 70 VERNON TURNER The first Buc to return a punt for a touchdown when he took one to the house against Detroit in 1994. Also came within a shoelace tackle of returning a kickoff for a score later that season against the Vikings. Played parts of two seasons with the Bucs before a short spell with the expansion Panthers. 71 RON HELLER Started for four seasons at tackle and was one of the scrappiest, hardest-working players on the roster. Got into a fight with Ray Perkins in a 1987 game in New Orleans when he urged the team at half-time "don't quit" and Perkins only heard the last word and started a ruck with him. 72 RON HALL One of the best tight ends in Buc history and one of the most popular players during his seven seasons in Tampa Bay. Played briefly with the Lions on leaving Tampa after the 1993 season, seeing action in 19 games across two seasons in Detroit. Died in May 2007 from natural causes at his home in Costa Rica73 VINNY TESTAVERDE The first overall pick of the 1987 draft who did not turn out to be the saviour of the franchise everyone had hoped. Lost his starting job during both 1990 and 1991 and was allowed to leave after the 1992 season. Had a memorable game against Green Bay in 1992 when he was 21 of 23 for 363 yards and three TDs. 74 EUGENE MARVE O ne of the best trades in Buc history as in return for a 7th round pick in 1989, Buffalo gave up a player stuck on their bench who went on to start for three and a half seasons at inside linebacker for the Bucs. A real team-leader, he was also extremely popular with the fans during his four years in Tampa Bay too. 75 AQIB TALIB Was a tremendous on-field cornerback during his time with the Buccaneers but off-field issues caused him to eventually be traded to the Patriots during the 2012 season. Was the Bucs' first pick in the 2008 draft and the 20th overall selection. Went on from New England to also play successfully for the Denver Broncos. 76 GREG SPIRES Spent six seasons with the Buccaneers and only saw his starting streak end during the 2007 season through injury. An experienced DE who recorded four sacks in 2001 for Cleveland and six the previous season for New England. Played an inspired game in the Super Bowl and had the first sack of Rich Gannon in the game. 77 DEWEY SELMON Lee Roy's elder brother and a team-mate for the first five seasons in franchise history. Moved from the defensive line to linebacker and started there during the 1979 NFC Championship Game against the Rams. Was named by the team's MVP in 1978 and also called the defensive signals for three seasons for the Bucs. 78 MICHAEL HUSTED Spent six seasons as the Buccaneers' kicker and left as the team's franchise scoring leader, subsequently passed by Martin Gramatica. Won the job in camp against a bunch of other kickers in 1993 and held it against all comers until being released at the end of 1998. 79 DWIGHT SMITH Spent four seasons in Tampa and returned two interceptions during Super Bowl XXXVII, the first player in NFL history to achieve this feat. Set one mark as a Buc in 2003 when he started four straight games but at four different positions, cornerback, nickel back, strong safety and free safety. 80 KEYSHAWN JOHNSON Obtained in a high-profile trade with the Jets for a pair of first round picks and spent most of his Buc career mouthing off at fellow players, coaches and the media. Eventually was suspended by the team in November 2003 but did post some big receiving numbers including a pair of 1,000-yard seasons. 81 JEFF FAINE Was the veteran leader of the offensive line for four seasons and of the first people the media talked to for their stories but was released after the 2011 season. Was named to several all-NFC teams in 2008 having been the prize signing of free agency having inked the largest contract ever given to an NFL center. 82 MICHAEL PITTMAN Played six seasons with the Buccaneers and ended as the 5th leading rusher in franchise history. Had a 124-yard performance in the Super Bowl and only narrowly lost the MVP vote to Dexter Jackson in the process. Recorded the then-longest run in franchise history with a 78-yard TD dash against the Chiefs in 2004. 83 BARRETT RUUD Was the Bucs middle linebacker and signal-caller for four seasons and led the team in tackles each of those seasons having spent his first two seasons backing up Shelton Quarles and playing special teams. His father Tom played at Nebraska from 1972-74 and his cousin John Howell was the Bucs fourth-round pick in 2001. 84 MARK ROBINSON Three year starter at strong safety for the Bucs having been acquired in a trade with the Chiefs. A real team-leader from the secondary, he missed the entire 1991 season through injury and was unable to make a comeback in camp the following year. Was twice named team defensive captain by his team-mates.85 LEGARRETTE BLOUNT Spent three seasons with the Bucs becoming a starter midway through the 2010 season and posting a 1,000-yard rushing season and several highlight reel plays leaping over defenders. Was replaced as a starter by Doug Martin in 2012 and after limited action that season, was traded to the Patriots.86 KEENAN McCARDEL Had two memorable seasons with the Buccaneers as part of a 17-year NFL career and scored twice in Super Bowl XXXVII. Was named to the 2003 Pro Bowl team repeating his selections earlier with the Jaguars. Held out for the first two months of the 2004 season and was eventually traded to the Chargers.87 WINSTON MOSS Tough linebacker who started for most of his four seasons in Tampa Bay who went on to become a highly respected defensive coach around the NFL. Had good sack numbers when used as a pass rusher in the 1989 season and only missed two starts in his final three seasons with the Buccaneers.88 HARRY HAMILTON Former New York Jet who came to Tampa as a free agent before the 1988 season and wound up starting three and a half seasons at free safety before injuring his right elbow seven weeks into the 1991 season and never playing again in the NFL. 89 JERRY BELL Spent his first three seasons backing up Jimmie Giles at tight end before exploding onto the scene in 1985. Ranked amongst the league leaders in receptions when his season was ended by a serious knee injury. Returned in 1986 but at mid-season, broke an ankle against Chicago in November 1986 and never played again.90 ANTHONY McFARLAND Spent six full seasons and then part of a seventh as a starter on the D-line having been a first round pick out of LSU in 1999. Missed parts of the 2002 Super Bowl season and the actual game itself with two separate injuries. Still answers to his childhood nickname of “Booger in his post-football career as an analyst.91 LOUIS CARTER Played the first three seasons in franchise history and proved to be the leader of the backfield during that time including throwing the first TD pass in franchise history when he was stopped at the line against the Seahawks and then lobbed the ball across the line to receiver Morris Owens for an unlikely one-yard score. 92 KELLEN WINSLOW Spent three years with the Bucs and posted some pretty hefty receiving numbers if not being the best blocking tight end in the game. Ended his Buccaneer career ranked 12th all-time in franchise receiving statistics and second only to Jimmie Giles amongst Buccaneer tight ends. 93 STEVE DeBERG Had two separate spells with the Bucs and was a fan favourite during all his years in Tampa Bay. Won the starting job a month into the 1984 season and led the first Buc offense to ever finish in the top-10 of the NFL rankings. Finished his NFL career with Atlanta in 1998 and was part of their Super Bowl team that season.94 SEAN FARRELL Played five seasons with the Bucs and was a starter on the line mainly at guard for most of that time and was a solid hard-working lineman but probably not to the level of his first-round pick selection in 1982. Spent three seasons in New England after a subsequent trade with the Seahawks.95 CURT JARVIS Hard-nosed defensive tackle who started for most of three seasons at nose tackle in the Bucs' 3-4 defense of that era. Suffered a serious back injury during 1990 and was told to retire by medical advisors so took up flying and gained his pilot's licence 18 months later. 96 JOHN CANNON One of the most popular Buc players ever during his nine seasons on the defensive line playing both tackle and end and was a solid dependable lineman throughout his career. Was a regular starter for four seasons and although he only posted big sack numbers in his first three seasons.97 MIKE WILLIAMS Spent four seasons in Tampa and posted some superb numbers including setting a then franchise record for receiving touchdowns as a rookie in 2010. Started for three full seasons but his 2013 campaign was marred by injuries and some off-field issues. Was eventually traded to Buffalo in 2014.98 GEORGE YARNO Had two spells with the Buccaneers interrupted by a stint in the USFL with the Denver Gold. Was a spot starter in his first stint with the franchise but then returned to start for three more years. Famously kicked an extra point in the 1983 season finale after the Dave Warnke kicking debacle. 99 JOSH FREEMAN At one point seen as the future franchise quarterback that the Buccaneers had always been looking for but it all went downhill through 2012 and 2013 and he was released a month into the 2013 season after three poor starts. Was the 17th overall pick of the 2009 draft and made his debut in the International Series game in London. Leads the Buccaneers all-time in touchdown passes and ranks second in passing yardage. 100WILLIE DREWREY Played four seasons with the Bucs as a No.3 receiver and punt returner and has the two longest receiving touchdowns in Buc history with 87- and 89-yard scores from Vinny Testaverde. One of the smallest players in franchise history, was originally an 11th round pick of the Oilers in 85 and played four seasons with them.