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YearsPlayerPos
1976-84Richard WoodLB
1985-90Ervin RandleLB
1987Brian GantLB
1991Jesse SolomonLB
1992-93Jimmy WilliamsLB
1995-96Darnell StephensLB
1998Mitch PalmerLB
2005Wesly MallardLB
2007Patrick ChukwurahDE
2008-11Geno HayesLB
2012-Lavonte DavidLB
The No.54 shirt
The NFL is pretty serious these days on players who breach their uniform code. Players can get fined for having shirts untucked, socks not rolled right up or the wrong type of playing shoe.

So what would Richard "Batman" Wood have done if he played now? The best-ever Buc to wear No.54 used to wear arm pads adorned with a bat logo and was never seen without his extra image for a game in the early days of the franchise. And he wasn't a bad linebacker in that time either.

Ervin Randle took over the 54 jersey and wore it with great aplomb for five seasons, as did Jimmy Williams for a much shorter time. But until 2012, this had not been a number to grace anything near the calibre of player of Wood or Randle.

Wesly Mallard was a special teamer but Patrick Chukwurah was not even that. Geno Hayes showed some nice touches on occasions during his four years in Tampa but not enough to take the award away from the Batman.

And then along came Lavonte David who did nothing but make every tackle he had a chance for the past five seasons. This is now becoming a seriously close issue for the best-ever 54 award and the day is coming when the Batman is replaced.

THE BEST TO WEAR NO.54 - RICHARD WOOD


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