NameNo.PosSeasons playedGamesStarts
James Wilder 32 RB 1981-89 113 102
CollegeHeightWeightDate of birth
Missouri 6-3 225 12-May-58
How acquiredHow left
2nd round pick 1981 Plan B free agent - Washington - 1990
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Profile
One of the finest players ever to wear a Buccaneer uniform. Started for most of his nine seasons in Tampa Bay and had two monster seasons in 1984 and 1985 in which he was the Buc offense. Went to the Pro Bowl on the back of this and in 1984, almost set an NFL record for combined rushing/receiving yards in a season. Ranks first in franchise history in receptions and set an NFL record with 43 carries in a single game in 1983 and an NFL record in 1984 with 492 rushes/receptions in a single season. Went on to play briefly for the Redskins and Lions on leaving Tampa Bay, but remains the finest running back the franchise has ever had.

1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987
GamesStartsGamesStartsGamesStartsGamesStartsGamesStartsGamesStartsGamesStarts
16 16 9 9 10 10 16 16 16 16 12 12 12 12
1988 1989
GamesStartsGamesStarts
7 7 15 4

Rushing
Season No. Yards Avg LG TD
1981 107 370 3.5 23 4
1982 83 324 3.9 47 3
1983 161 640 4.0 75 4
1984 407 1,544 3.8 37 13
1985 365 1,300 3.6 28 10
1986 190 704 3.7 45 2
1987 106 488 4.6 21 0
1988 86 343 4.0 19 1
1989 70 244 3.5 14 0
Total 1,575 5,957 3.8 75 37
Receiving
Season No. Yards Avg LG TD
1981 48 507 10.6 38 1
1982 53 466 8.8 32 1
1983 57 380 6.7 31 2
1984 85 685 8.1 50 2
1985 53 341 6.4 20 0
1986 43 326 7.6 25 1
1987 40 328 8.2 32 1
1988 15 124 8.3 24 0
1989 36 335 9.3 27 3
Total 430 3,492 8.1 50 9
Passing
Season Att Com Yards Int TD
1984 1 1 16 0 1
Total 1 1 16 0 1
Kick Returns
Season No. Yards Avg LG TD
1981 1 19 19.0 19 0
1989 2 42 21.0 28 0
Total 3 61 20.3 28 0
Special Teams' Tackles
Season Solo Asst Total
1989 4
Total 4