The No.52 shirt
The number of linebackers that the Buccaneers have had wearing this jersey is approaching double figures But aside from one notable exception, the list does not bode good reading for Tampa Bay fans.
Scot Brantley may now be better known as Gene Deckerhoff's former sidekick on Buc radio commentaries, but he was an eight-year player for the Buccaneers and did a solid job playing inside in the 3-4 defense.
Keith McCants is of course, one of the biggest draft busts in franchise history (thank you Ray Perkins) and aside from Nate Webster's performances as a back-up in the middle of the current 4-3 alignment, the remainder of the list are real no-names and never-weres.
Ian Gold had a one-year career with the Buccaneers proving himself injury-free before returning to the Broncos, whilst Antoine Cash was a special teamer only during the 2006 season.
But the linebacker streak was ended when center Jeff Faine took over the number on joining the Bucs as a free agent in 2008. He did a pretty admirable job both as a starter and team captain and one good enough to make the decision between him and Scot a pretty close one.
But Jeff never walked into a radio broadcast with me, threw down his hunting jacket, gun and a couple of dead animals on the floor, picked up his headphones and started broadcasting. Scot Brantley, you are a legend.
THE BEST TO WEAR NO.52 - SCOT BRANTLEY
|Paul Harris||Scot Brantley||Keith McCants||Nate Webster||Ian Gold|