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ON THIS DAY IN BUCCANEER HISTORY 8 December 2013 - It was a Rainey Day in Tampa Bobby Rainey went 80 yards on the second play of the game recording the fastest touchdown in franchise history. The defense then stepped up with five turnovers and seven sacks making Buffalo QB Ej Manuel look like a deer in the headlights. “The offensive line opened up a big hole and I never looked back,” said Rainey. “Once you get things going like that, you can relax and play your game.” Click here for all the game reports, statistics and pictures
BUCCANEER BIRTHDAYS Tony Mayberry is celebrating a birthday today. He started 145 games for the Bucs in his 10 year career and his final game was the 1999 Pro Bowl. He also deservedly made it to No.23 in our Top 100 player countdown. The other three former Bucs who have birthdays on December 8th have a total of five games between them. LB EJ Junior played two games in 1992 at the end of a distinguished NFL career with the Cardinals, CB Vince Anderson had three appearances in 2010 and T Wally Kersten was briefly on the roster in 1985.
THE TOP 100 COUNTDOWN The end of our odyssey was reached with Lee Roy Selmon unsurprisingly taking top spot having finished ahead of other great Buccaneer defensive Hall of Famers, Derrick Brooks, Warren Sapp, John Lynch and Ronde Barber. Mike Evans was just ahead of James Wilder for the top offensive player, with Mike Alstott, Hardy Nickerson and Doug Williams rounding out the Top 10. Click here to review the full Top 100 listing
WIDE RECEIVER RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS Chris Godwin scored on a 19-yard reverse in the win over Carolina last Sunday. This was the second time he has done this in his Buccaneer career and hence becomes the first Tampa Bay receiver to achieve this feat. It has been done five times in all beginning with Lawrence Dawsey back in 1991 against the Colts. DeSean Jackson did it against Cleveland and Scotty Miller had a memorable one two years ago with TJ Rives on the call. Click here to watch all five of them on the Buccaneer YouTube Channel THE BUCS AND FALCONS THIS SUNDAY The current all-time record with Atlanta is an even 30-30 after the Falcons’ wins in the last two meetings although the Bucs have won seven of the last ten. There is no video review this week as we featured past games with Atlanta earlier this season, something my old buddy Mick Luckhurst will be pleased about. CBS will be calling this game, a 1pm kick-off in Georgia with Spero Dedes and Adam Archuleta on the commentary crew, their second Bucs game this season.