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YearsPlayerPos
1976Larry BallLB
1977-79Rik BonnessLB
1981-85Hugh GreenLB
1987Don GrahamLB
1987Fred McCallisterLB
1988-90Sidney ColemanLB
1992-95Ed BradyLB
1997-06Shelton QuarlesLB
2011Zac DilesLB
2011Nick ReedDE
2012Najee GoodeLB
2014Brandon MageeLB
2015-Adarius GlantonLB
The No.53 shirt
Now the decision for the best ever No.53 in Buc history is going to provoke some debate amongst Tampa historians - how could I have gone against Hugh Green? The latter was a fine linebacker but provoked his trade to Miami in 1985 with a bad attitude and hence loses out to Shelton Quarles big-time in that category.

Shelton has come from being an unknown special teamer refugee from the CFL, to a Pro Bowl middle linebacker and one who has given great service to the Buccaneers over the past eight seasons.

Ed Brady was a top special teams' ace for Sam Wyche and Larry Ball's claim to fame is that he played for both the perfect Dolphins of 1972 and the perfect Buccaneers of 1976 (along with DE Maulty Moore).

Rik Bonness was one of John McKay's early special teams' players, and Sidney Coleman came from nowhere to start at linebacker as an undrafted rookie during the 1988 season.

The most recent wearers of the jersey have been journeymen no-names leaving one of the few players to make a successful transfer from the field to the Tampa front office, clear to take the award.

THE BEST TO WEAR NO.53 - SHELTON QUARLES




Rik BonnessHugh GreenSidney ColemanEd BradyShelton Quarles