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YearsPlayerPos
1976-80Curtis JordanDB
1984Scott DierkingRB
1985Carl HowardCB
1986-88Bobby HowardRB
1989Sherman CocroftS
1991-94Tony CovingtonS
1995-97Melvin JohnsonS
1998-07Brian KellyCB
2008-12Aqib TalibCB
2013-Mike JamesRB
The No.25 shirt
Although most Buccaneer fans will now associate this number solely with Brian Kelly, the current best No.25 was not the first such Buccaneer player to win a Super Bowl. Curtis Jordan toiled for the first seven seasons as the Bucs' nickel back and occasional defensive backfield starter, but was part of the Washington Redskins' team that won Super Bowl XVII against the Miami Dolphins.

But the rest of the people to have worn No.25 would not really fit in any kind of all-time great Buc line-up. Scott Dierking was a Jets' cast-off who saw his best days in the Big Apple, and Tony Covington's career was ruined by injury after a promising rookie campaign.

Sherman Cocroft remains one of the few Bucs to have recorded a safety (1989 season finale v Pittsburgh) and Melvin Johnson was part of the endless rotation of players to have started at free safety under Tony Dungy.

So Brian Kelly wins pretty much by default even though he was been somewhat overshadowed during his Buccaneer career by his defensive backfield partner Ronde Barber.

Aqib Talib showed some serious cover abilities during his time with the Buccaneers but too many off-field incidents saw him eventually traded to the Patriots during the 2012 season.

THE BEST TO WEAR NO.25 - BRIAN KELLY

Curtis JordanBobby HowardTony CovingtonBrian KellyAqib Talib