Which four players epitomize the legacy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?
It’s safe to say there’s been a little news coming out of Tampa, Florida this offseason. It’s not every day that a six-time Super Bowl champion joins a franchise after 20 years with his previous employer. And who knows how Bruce Arians’ club – with quarterback Tom Brady at the controls – will fare this upcoming season?
When it comes to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, there’s been plenty of good as well as a few dubious records. The franchise entered the NFL in 1976 and went on to lose its first 26 games before getting a victory in its 27th contest. Ironically enough, the club won Super Bowl XXXVII in its 27th year of existence. Go figure.
The modern Bucs are having their issues when it comes to winning. Only the Cleveland Browns (2002) are in the midst of a longer playoff drought as Tampa Bay hasn’t been to the postseason since winning the NFC South back in 2007.
Still, this is an occasion to focus on the positives. That includes great player such as running backs James Wilder and Warrick Dunn and defensive backs John Lynch and Ronde Barber. There’s reliable tackle Paul Gruber (who was never named to a Pro Bowl), linebacker Hardy Nickerson and tight end Jimmie Giles. And lately, there’s defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, linebacker Lavonte David and talented wide receiver Mike Evans.
So which four players (in alphabetical order) earn the honor of adorning Mount Buccaneers?