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1978Jerry AndersonS
1984Randy ClarkS
1984-86Craig CurryS
1987Sonny GordonS
1990Rodney RiceCB
1992-93Darryl PollardCB
1994Mazio RoysterRB
1997-00Floyd YoungCB
2002-03Tim WansleyCB
2006Derrick StraitCB
2006-08Philip BuchanonCB
2009-12EJ BiggersCB
2014-16Major WrightS
2018-Jordan WhiteheadS
The No.31 shirt
It is strange that when you consider that the next number in the sequence, 32, has seen some of the best players in franchise history wear it in games, that the No.31 shirt could have such a collection of nobodies and never-weres.

Hence it is actually quite hard to find a "best to wear it" nomination. It took nearly a decade for 31 to be worn for more than a couple of games, and even then, Craig Curry was a poor link in a terrible Leeman Bennett-coached secondary.

Tim Wansley had a terrible off-field attitude and was cut by Jon Gruden after the 2003 season, and Mazio Royster was one of these players who left college a year early and never recovered.

Floyd Young was a good special teamer and Darryl Pollard once had a 75-yard interception return against Chicago, but that really is about it.

Two players picked up the 31 jersey during 2006, Derrick Strait who was briefly on the roster early in the season, and then former Raider 1st round pick Philip Buchanon who held it until 2008 when he joined the Lions as a free agent.

One of the longest-owning wearers was EJ Biggers who did an OK job in his Buccaneer career but not enough yet to usurp Buchanon from the top spot and Major Wright did not do a lot at all in his three seasons in the number. The most recent owner, Jordan Whitehead, had a very promising rookie season in 2018 so there is hope for future development of this number as a better one in Buccaneer franchise annals.


Craig CurrySonny GordonDarryl PollardTim WansleyPhilip Buchanon