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YearsPlayerPos
1976 Everett LittleG/T
1977-81Bill KollarDL
1983-84 Glenn Bujnoch G
1986-87JD MaarleveldT
1987 Rufus BrownG
1989Rhondy WestonDE
1991 Gerald NicholsDT
1992-95 Mark Wheeler DT
1996-99Brad CulpepperDT
2000-02Todd WashingtonG
2004-06 Jeb TerryG
2007 Luke PetitgoutG
2008-11James LeeG
2012-13Carl NicksG
2014Lawrence Sidbury DE
2015Tony McDaniel DT
2016-Caleb BenenochOL
The No.77 shirt
Now this was an interesting decision for the best ever in this jersey and it came down to a toss-up between a pair of defensive tackles very different in their on-field demenours.

But the first person to wear the number was an expansion player, Everett Little who played just the single season in Tampa. He was followed by Bill Kollar who after five years in the Bucs' colours, went on to become a very successful defensive line coach around the NFL for over two decades.

After a series of no-names, rookie Mark Wheeler took the jersey number in 1992 and spent most of the next four seasons playing one of the two defensive tackle positions in the 4-3 defense. And whereas Wheeler was a pretty quiet man by nature, his successor, Brad Culpepper, was anything but that.

Now a Tampa attorney, Culpepper was one of the few players who could take Warren Sapp on and walk away intact, the two of them having an interesting but strange friendship over the five years they played together on the Buccaneer defense.

The best story I can tell about Brad was when a young fan asked him what it was like to get a sack. "The second-best feeling in life". "So what is the first?" asked the fan. "Err .. ask your parents when you're older" replied an embarrassed Brad to mass laughter from around the room.

Two of the last three players to wear the number have been left tackles in position but Luke Petitgout lasted only four games before getting hurt and James Lee did little to impress during his appearances on the offensive line.

Carl Nicks was one of the prize free agency signings in 2012 and a multiple Pro Bowler but only lasted a handful of games before going on injured reserve and winding up to be a free agency disaster.

THE BEST TO WEAR NO.77 - BRAD CULPEPPER


Bill Kollar JD Maarleveld Rhondy Weston Mark Wheeler Brad Culpepper