IN MEMORIAM
As time moves on, some former Buccaneers are sadly no longer with us. Here we will pay a lasting tribute to them particularly when there is a story behind their passing that Tampa Bay fans should know.
Gaines Adams
Defensive end 2007-09
Died at the tender age of 26 from an enlarged heart after just three NFL seasons. Had been traded to Chicago in 2009.
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Elijah Alexander
Linebacker, 1992
Died at just 39 from cancer having spent a decade in the NFL after making the 92 Bucs as a 10th round pick.
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Jerry Anderson
Safety 1978
Only played two games for the Bucs but became a hero in his home town after dying in saving a local boy from drowning.
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Ricky Bell
Running back, 1977-81
Well-known story about his tragic death from a heart disease that was turned into a made-for-tv-film.
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Theo Bell
Wide Receiver, 1981-85
Played five seasons as the No.3 receiver having won two Super Bowl rings in Pittsburgh. Died in May 2006 after a long battle with liver failure.
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Darryl Carlton
Tackle, 1977-1979
Played three seasons in Tampa Bay having arrived in a trade with Miami. Started for most of the 1977 and 1978 seasons. Died in April 1994.
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Neal Colzie
Safety, 1980-83
Passed away in 2001 having been with the Bucs for four seasons in the early 1980s. Unfortunately had some drug issues on leaving the NFL too.
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Chris Colmer
OL, 2005
Died at just 30 in 2011. Was a 3rd round pick in 2005 who was inactive his entire rookie season. Had suffered from Parsonage-Turner Syndrome.
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Marquis Cooper
Linebacker, 2004-2005
Third-round pick in 2004 who played two seasons in Tampa as a special teamer. Died in a boating accident off the Clearwater Beach coast in 2009.
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Steve Courson
Guard, 1984-85
Long-time Steeler who spent two years in Tampa who raised steroid issue after retirement. Died at his home when a tree fell on him in 2005.
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Ivory Curry
Safety 1987
A member of the replacement team from 1987 and started two games. Died at the tender age of 28 from pneumonia. Had been a four-year player for the Florida Gators.
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Mike Current
Tackle, 1976
Member of the expansion team who started every game at left tackle in the 1976 season. Died in January 2012 as a result of an apparent suicide.
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Demetrius DuBose
Linebacker, 1993-96
Shot by police following a disturbance at his house in San Diego in 1999. Had some unfortunate domestic issues upon leaving the NFL.
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Bobby Futrell
Safety 1986-90
Former USFL and Buccaneer defensive back who tragically committed suicide in 1992 after his pro career had ended in the CFL with Toronto.
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Randy Gill
Linebacker, 1978
Played in just the 1978 season finale against New Orleans for the Buccaneers and was then cut the following camp. Died in February 2002.
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Ron Hall
Tight end, 1987-1993
Spent seven years in Tampa and was the second leading tight end in Buc history after Jimmie Giles when he retired. Died in 2007.
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Ron Holmes
Defensive end 1985-88
Died in October 2011 at his home in Washington. Never lived up to his 1st round pick status during his days in Tampa but did well in Denver.
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Brice Hunter
Wide Receiver,1997-98
Was shot dead in a disturbance outside his home in Chicago in April 2004. Had a basketball tourney named for him in Georgia in 2005.
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Bobby Kemp
Safety 1987
Played one season with the Bucs after a career with the Bengals. Committed suicide at his home in North Hollywood in February 1988.
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Blair Kiel
Quarterback, 1984
Made the 1984 team as the third quarterback and played 10 games as the holder on kicks. Passed away from natural causes in April 2012. .
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Jeff Komlo
Quarterback, 1983
NFL journeyman who saw action briefly as the third string quarterback in 1983. Had some legal issues after football and died in Greece in 2009.
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David Logan
Nose tackle, 1979-86
Not just known for his eight years on the field, but was also the Bucs' radio analyst for several seasons too. Died from a heart attack at the age of 42.
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Tom McHale
Off Line, 1987-1992
Spent six years in Tampa having converted from defense to offense after his rookie season. Died in May 2008.
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Jeff Modesitt
Tight end, 1987
Played one game for the 1987 strike team and had also played in Atlanta. Was shot in a bar altercation in 1990.
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Dwayne O'Steen
Cornerback, 1982-83
Played in three games over two seasons on special teams including the 1982 playoff game. Died in September 2001.
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George Peoples
Running back, 1984-85
Played just eight games and had one carry as a Buccaneer. Found dead in a Tampa motel room in 2003.
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Reggie Roby
Punter, 1995
One of the more renowned punters in NFL history who played one season in Tampa. Was found dead at his home at the age of just 43.
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Tony Samuels
Tight end, 1980
Appeared in six games during 1980 but made only one reception as a Buc despite making three starts in the process. Died in September 2001.
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Lee Roy Selmon
Defensive end, 1976-84
The greatest Buccaneer of them all who passed away in September 2011 following a stroke. The first Buccaneer in the NFL Hall of Fame.
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Stanley Shakespeare
Wide Receiver, 1987
Played just one game for the replacement Bucs. A former college standout, he died in a boating accident in 2005.
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Corey Smith
Defensive end, 2002-04
Played in 11 games across three years including the Super Bowl season. Died in a boating accident off the Clearwater Beach coast in March 2009.
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Dan Turk
Center, 1987-88
Died at just 38 from cancer having played in the NFL just 12 months before his passing. Was a Buc for two seasons.
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Hugh Culverhouse
Owner, 1976-1994
The first owner of the Bucs having been granted the expansion franchise in 1974. Not unduly popular for over-seeing the losing decades with a lack of spending on and off the field.
John McKay
Head coach, 1976-84
His legacy to the Tampa Bay franchise is complete through his nine year coaching career and through his two sons, JK and Rich. Died in 2001.
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