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YearsPlayerPos
1976-77Council RudolphDE
1978Kurt SchumacherG
1980Bruce RadfordDL
1982-90 John Cannon DL
1987Walter CarterDE
1992Corey MayfieldDT
1994Tim Irwin T
1996-2001Marcus JonesDL
2004-05 Matt StinchcombT
2007-09 Arron SearsG
2012Lazarius LevingtonDT
2015-Gosder CherilusT
The No.78 shirt
When it comes to a best-ever in a jersey, do you give it to a player with a long but quiet career, or to a one-year wonder?

That was the decision over the 78 shirt and hence John Cannon won out for his all-round performances in the number for the franchise. It of course helps that Cannon was one of the most popular off-field Buccaneers of all-time during his nine seasons in Tampa Bay.

Marcus Jones was a first round pick who was even turned down by the Browns in the 1999 expansion draft until he turned it around for one stunning season in 2000 when he recorded 13 sacks. But it was more of a one-hit wonder and he was off the team by the time the Super Bowl rolled around in 2002.

So the Bucs have had a Council in the 78 shirt and a Schumacher, the latter not being related to Michael or Ralf. But apart from John Cannon's longevity, this has not been a number with a great history for the franchise. Arron Sears looked a promising bet at one time but off-field issues led to his early retirement from the game.

The most recent players to wear the number were Lazarius Levingston who was thankfully more well known round the locker room by his nickname of Pep and veteran tackle Gosder Cherilus who arrived as a free agent in 2015.

THE BEST TO WEAR NO.78 - JOHN CANNON


Council Rudolph John Cannon Tim IrwinMarcus Jones Arron Sears