The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are based in Tampa, Florida and they are a professional American football club. They currently compete in the national football league south division, which means, they have some of the best players on their list. It has been in the NFL since 1976. For years, they were a laughing stock of the NFL as they rarely made it to anywhere. During their inception in 1976, they lost 0-14. In 1996, the likes of Tony Dungy joined and tried to revive the dying franchise and immediately the Tampa 2 defense was installed. They made to the playoffs seven times in 10 years, and from there, some of the best players worked hard to make a name for the franchise.
Here are the top 10 Tampa Bay Buccaneers of All Times
10. James Wilder, RB
He joined the franchise in 1981 and exited at 1989. For the 9 years, he was one of the best right back that the Tampa Bay managed to have. In 1984, he was a Pro Bowl selection. He finished 2,229 yards and was ranked first in the Buccaneers history in receptions and rushing yards. In 1984r, James Wilder set an NFL record for 407 carriers, and 492 touches in a single season. He was one of the toughest running backs.
9. Paul Gruber, T
He joined Tampa Bay in 1988 and left in 1999. In the 12 years he played with the franchise, he was one of the best offensive linemen at the franchise. He was a starter from the time he joined until he departed. At Tampa Bay, he is ranked as the third best starter of all times. He started in 183 games and he is a proud two-time All-Pro. In 1997, he saw his team reach the playoffs. He was inducted in the Tampa Bay Ring of Honor in 2012.
8. John Lynch, DB
For 11 years, from 1993 to 2003, John Lynch was a star at the Buccaneers franchise. He was super, especially the first three seasons from the time he joined. In the 11 seasons he played with the franchise, he managed 973 tackles that were ranked fifth all time, had 23 inceptions,which ranked him sixth in the Bucs record books.
7. Simeon Rice, DE
He played for the franchise for six years, which ran between 2001 and 2006. In 2002, he is the defense who helped the Bucs win the Super Bowl XXXVII. In the Bucs history, he is one of the fearsome pass rushers and was ranked third in the team’s annuals with 69.5 sacks. Between 2001 and 2005, Rice records double-digit sacks, something no other Bucs have ever done. He had 11, 15.5, 15, 12, and 14 sacks respectively. In 2002, he made it to the Pro Bowl and in 2003 and 2004, he was named an All-Pro of the seasons.
6. Hardy Nickerson, LB
During his time with the Tampa Bay Bucs, he became a five-time Pro Bowler set a record for 214 tackles in 1993. He joined the franchise in 1993 and left in 1999. For 7 years, he was one of the most intellectual and hard working players at the Bucs. He is the first Bucs defender to top 1000 tackles in his career.
5. Ronde Barber, DB
He joined the Tampa Bay in 1997 and left in 2012. For the 16 years, he was with the team, he was an electric play maker in the Tampa defense. Overall,he racked up 47 sacks, 1,028 tackles, 15 forced fumbles and 13 return touchdowns in the 16 years he was at the franchise.
4. Mike Alstott, FB
He was with the Tampa Bay franchise for 11 years, from 1996 to 2006. He was a battering ram who plunged into the end zone 71 times over the entire period he was with the franchise. He played in the Super Bowl XXVII as a utility man who threw timely blocks and scored 1 touchdown. He is one of the greatest players of all times in Tampa Bay.
3. Lee Roy Selmon, QB
He joined the team at its inception in 1976 and left in 1984. He was part of the squad that was bitten 0-14 in 1976. He was a great quarterback who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999.
2. Warren Sapp, DT
From 1995 to 2003, Warren Sapp played for the Buccaneers. In the 9 years, he always formed blocks to allow the linebackers to roam free and make tackles. He was part of the 2002 team that the led the league in defense and it is the team which went ahead and dominated the Raiders 48-21 in the Super Bowl XXVII.
1. Derrick Brooks, LB
He was with the Tampa Bay for 14 years, from 1995 to 2008. He was one of the best linebackers of his era in the defense of the team. In 2002, he was the Defensive Player of the Year after he posted 5 interceptions, 87 tackles, and 1 sack. He made 11 trips to the Pro Bowl between 1997 and 2008.
Without the above listed, Tampa Bay Buccaneers could be no more. They have made the franchise to hold on this far.