The 1976 Expansion Buccaneer Running Backs |
This was not your group of power backs, speedsters, devastating runners and agile receivers.
Then again, behind the 1976 Buc offensive line, you probably would not have noticed anyway.
|38||Jon Bradford||When an expansion team goes looking for players, they all come out of the woodwork. Bradford was a 11th round pick of the Jets from 1975 but never ever played in the NFL.
||37||Bob Burns||Local Tampa product who did play the 1974 season with the NY Jets having been their 9th round pick that year. Did not make the 1976 Buccaneer roster however.|
|32|| ||Louis Carter||Played the first three seasons in Buc history and also wound up throwing the first TD pass in team history too.
||26||Charlie Davis||Goes down in Buccaneer franchise history for scoring the first offensive TD in the Week 4 game in Baltimore.|
|28|| ||Anthony Davis||Was picked up in the NFL veteran allocation draft but went off instead to play in the CFL and only returned to Tampa in 1977.
||35||Jimmy DuBose||Had the first 100-yard rushing day in Buc history but not until the 1978 season. Played in every game in 1976.|
|36|| ||Charlie Evans||Former USC tailback who has seen four years with the Giants and Redskins before coming to Tampa. Was injured during camp and was placed on IR for the entire season.
||25||Dave Gagnon||Had a 15.0 average as a Chicago Bear back - OK, on his one NFL carry. Did not make the Buccaneer squad out of camp.
|34|| ||Harold Hart||Another player who was injured in pre-season and spent the whole year on IR. Did not make the 1977 team either.
||19||Essex Johnson||NFL veteran who was signed just before the first game and wound up playing every game with the 1976 Bucs. Had over 3,000 yards before arriving in Tampa Bay.|
|20|| ||Vince Kendrick||Became the first player to ever get cut by the Bucs in the regular season when he was released after the Week 1 game.
||37||Morris LaGrand||Local Tampa high school and college player who had seen some NFL time in 1975 with the Saints and Chiefs.|
|10||Larry Martinez||Another of the real unknowns who was part of the 1976 training camp. Had been signed as a free agent but did not make the team and never played in the NFL for any other team.
||22||Rod McNeill||Claimed on waivers three weeks into the 1976 season and wound up returning kickoffs for the Bucs for the year.|
|44|| ||Manfred Moore||Went from the 0-13 Bucs to winning a Super Bowl ring as he was signed by the Raiders on their way to the title.
||22||Alan Pittman||Local product who was definitely not related to Michael. This Pittman never played in the NFL for any team.|
|38||Billy Pritchett||Former 1974 6th round pick Browns who played in the final two pre-season games of 1976 with the Bucs but did not make the roster.
||43|| ||Ed Williams||Was the starting Buc full back for most of the first two seasons and led the 76 Bucs with two rushing touchdowns.||13||John C Wilson||One of the most famous of the non-Bucs following NFL Films recording the moment he was cut by John McKay and then tracking him down 25 years later to review the event.