It took eight seasons for any Buccaneer to appear with No.29 on their back, and Sandy LaBeaux only made it into three games as an undrafted defensive back. Leon Bright was one of the better punt returners the Bucs have ever had, whilst Lee Paige was part of the replacement team from 1987 and more infamously, was the FBI officer who shot himself in a classroom demonstration that made it on to YouTube. Which means that seven-year Buc Ricky Reynolds will always be the best associated with this number for the time being, all that time being spent as a starting cornerback under three different coaches. Kenny Gant was a former Cowboy who became a Buccaneer fan favourite for his "Shark Dance" that he would do before every kick-off. He was never good enough to really start at safety in the NFL, but made three such starts due to injuries on the depth chart ahead of him. Ronyell Whitaker was a mid-season pick-up in the post-Super Bowl year of 2003 and Alan Zemaitis, never actually played a game in the 29 jersey having been a gameday inactive for 15 games during the 2006 season. Michael Bennett was able to take the number on arrival from the Chiefs in a trade but flattered to deceive in his limited chances to show the number off for the Buccaneers. The five most recent owners have all been back-up defensive backs although Leonard Johnson had his moments as the primary nickel back for three seasons and Ryan Smith did start for a time during his five seasons but was mainly a special teamer. Pierre Desir took over the number for the 2021 season. Rachaad White wore 29 for his rookie season before switching numbers in 2023. BEST EVER TO WEAR No.29 FOR THE BUCS - RICKY REYNOLDS
Click on the player's name for their profile page, Buccaneer stats and picture galleries Years Player Pos 1983 Sandy LaBeaux S 1984-85 Leon Bright KR 1987-93 Ricky Reynolds CB 1987 Lee Paige CB 1995-97 Kenny Gant S 1998 Shevin Smith S 2003 Ronyell Whitaker S 2006 Alan Zemaitis CB 2007-08 Michael Bennett RB 2009 Kyle Arrington CB 2009 Derrick Roberson CB 2010 DJ Johnson CB 2012-14 Leonard Johnson CB 2016-20 Ryan Smith CB 2021 Pierre Desir CB 2022 Rachaad White RB 2023- Christian Izien CB