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YearsPlayerPos
1988-89 Shawn LeeDT
1991 Darryl Grant DT
1994 Jeff Hunter DE
1996-00 Tyoka Jackson DL
2001-06 Simeon Rice DE
2008-09 Jimmy Wilkerson DE
2010 Erik Lorig DE
2010 Alex Magee DE
2011 George Johnson DE
2012Matthew Masifilo DT
2013-Akeem SpenceDT
The No.97 shirt
The choice of the best-ever Buccaneer to wear this number is not a difficult one, as although Simeon Rice did wind a few fans and media up alike with his style during his time in Tampa Bay, there have been few better pure pass rushers than him to wear the colours.

Shawn Lee was a solid defensive line back-up during his two years in Tampa whilst Darryl Grant was a mere shadow of the player he was in Washington when he arrived to play for the Bucs in 1991. Well less like a shadow and more like an overweight lump.

Jeff Hunter did little to impress having arrived from Miami, but Tyoka Jackson had some nice moments playing for Tony Dungy and continued his career after leaving the Bucs with the St.Louis Rams. Jimmy Wilkerson, was one of the real pleasant surprises from the 2008 season having been an unheralded free agent arrival from San Francisco in the off-season.

And of the four most recent owners, Erik Lorig wore 97 for a game before switching from defensive end to fullback, and the likes of Alex Magee, George Johnson or Matthew Masifilo have not exactly been show-stoppers when they have made it on to the field.

Akeem Spence is the current owner of the jersey and has started a fair number of games on the defensive line since being drafted in 2013 but he is a pale shadow of the pass-rush threat that Rice was to opposing quarterbacks.

THE BEST TO WEAR NO.97 - SIMEON RICE

Shawn Lee Darryl Grant Simeon Rice Jimmy Wilkerson Akeem Spence