THE TOP 30 RUNNING BACKS IN BUCCANEER HISTORY The next countdown will look at the guys who carry the ball and we will do it on performance as we look daily at the top 30 rushers in franchise history. Excluding QBs who have gained a lot of rushing yardage, these are the backs who have taken all the bruising hits in the proverbial three yards and a pile of dust. It may remind fans of players they have forgotten or introduce them to those that they did not know and that is what all of these features are about.
4 CADILLAC WILLIAMS (2005-2010) 3,675 yards on 967 carries 3.8 avg Best game - Week 3, 2005 at Green Bay 158 yardsHad a promising career derailed by two separate torn ACL knee injuries having posted the best first three games by a rookie in NFL history to open the 2005 season. Both times came back from those injuries to start for the Buccaneers and also became an excellent pass blocker and receiver out of the backfield. Moved to the Rams in a free agency move and played the 2011 season before retiring from the NFL. Had been named the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2005 and was twice named Offensive Rookie of the Month having had six 100-yard games. His nickname came from a sports director for an ABC affiliate in Birmingham, Ala. during a Friday night football game in 1998 saying he "ran as smooth as a Cadillac".