The 140+ players who were part of the 1976 Buccaneers
One of the most talked-about stats on the expansion Bucs were that over 140 players suited up at some point during training camp and in the regular season. 141 to be exact. There were also another eight players who are part of this feature but never set foot on the field that year - four simply did not attend camp, three were traded before camp opened, and the other, Anthony Davis, chose to play in Canada before returning to Tampa the following season. So here they all are - every single player who was involved with the 1976 Bucs at some point, profiles, pictures and backgrounds where we have been able to track them down.
Quarterbacks
Meet the seven QBs who were part of the 1976 Bucs from Steve Spurrier to Parnell Dickinson.
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Running backs
18 different backs were part of the 1976 Bucs from veterans like Essex Johnson to John C Wilson.
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Wide Receivers
There were 16 wideouts in 1976 from Chris Leak's father to coach John McKay's son.
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Tight ends
None of the nine TEs were with the Bucs by 1978 but one remains in the NFL to this day.
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Offensive line
15 different linemen took their turns in not blocking for the 1976 backfield and QBs.
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Kickers and punters
For all the great stories on the 1976 Bucs, some of the best relate to the kicking staff.
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Defensive line
Of the 17 pass rushers, came one Hall of Famer in Lee Roy Selmon and our first Pro Bowler.
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Linebackers
Over 20 different linebackers tried to make a name for themselves with the 1976 Bucs.
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Defensive Backs
Many of the future stars of the Buc championship team can be found on the 1976 roster.
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Coaching staff
Some pretty well-known names were part of the Buc coaching staff during that first season.
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The three unknowns
And then there were the three players that definitely appeared for the Buccaneers but that we simply cannot track down. In the first pre-season game in Los Angeles, a player named McFarland wore 67 and was listed on the gamebook as a DNP. The 4th pre-season game at home to Miami saw a player named Gordon wear 26 and participated. The final two pre-season games against Chicago and Cincinnati had a player named Hammond listed as a DNP. But outside of that information, we know nothing else about this trio.