The No.50 shirt
Of the 17 players to have worn this number for the Buccaneers, nearly all centers and linebackers, two
have held the jersey for the best part of a decade each.
Jeff Gooch, was with the Bucs since making Tony Dungy's first team as an undrafted free agent and
after some time away, returned for a final year leading the special teams' squads.
But the main holder of the jersey, Steve Wilson, was one of the original Bucs and only switched to
No.50 from his original No.79 before the start of the division-winning 1979 season.
Sadly one holder of the number, Dan Turk, is no longer with us, and most of the other owners were
one-season wonders at best including Chuck Pitcock who was the replacement team center in 1987
until Turk crossed the picket line to play the final game for that unit.
Four of the most recent owners Jamie Winborn, Jeremiah Trotter, Matt McCoy and Tyrone McKenzie
have been nothing more than back-up linebackers and occasional special teams' members and the
late Daniel Te'o-Nesheim only became a starter in 2012 because of injury to Adrian Clayborn.
Bruce Carter took over the jersey in 2015 having been a big-money free agent signing but he only
started three games that season and was then released the following off-season.
2018 first round pick Vita Vea took over the number as a rookie in 2018 and has quickly proven to be
an excellent pick for the middle of the defensive line.
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