The No.8 shirt
Only five players have ever worn this shirt in a regular season game for the Buccaneers, and until Brian Griese came along in 2004, no-one had worn it for 17 years.
Bob Hewko was a former Florida Gator QB who went on to become a sports radio show host after his brief NFL career ended, his Tampa Bay appearances numbering only two as a holder for kicks.
But Steve Young went on to take the No.8 shirt to new heights, albeit most of them after leaving Tampa Bay. He was picked up from the USFL's Los Angeles Express when the summer league folded and started the final five games of 1985. Unfortunately his career co-incided with the two worst teams in Buc history and hence it wasn't until some years later and the retirement of Joe Montana in San Francisco, that people realised how good a player he was.
Greg Davis was a 1987 draft pick who kicked off in one game before going on to a long NFL career elsewhere in the NFL, and then in 2004, the arrival of Brian Griese as the Bucs' starting QB brought the No.8 shirt back to prominence in Tampa Bay. But our decision on the best to ever wear it has to be on Buc performances only, and not those of an entire NFL career.
THE BEST TO WEAR NO.8 - STEVE YOUNG
|Jeff Komlo||Steve Young||Brian Griese||Dirk Johnson|