The No.31 shirt
It is strange that when you consider that the next number in the sequence, 32, has seen some of the
best players in franchise history wear it in games, that the No.31 shirt could have such a collection of
nobodies and never-weres.
Hence it is actually quite hard to find a "best to wear it" nomination. It took nearly a decade for 31 to
be worn for more than a couple of games, and even then, Craig Curry was a poor link in a terrible
Leeman Bennett-coached secondary. Jerry Anderson, the first owner, became a hero off the field
when he saved two boys from drowning but sadly died in the process.
Tim Wansley had a terrible off-field attitude and was cut by Jon Gruden after the 2003 season, and
Mazio Royster was one of these players who left college a year early and never recovered.
Floyd Young was a good special teamer and Darryl Pollard once had a 75-yard interception return
against Chicago, but that really is about it.
Two players picked up the 31 jersey during 2006, Derrick Strait who was briefly on the roster early in
the season, and then former Raider 1st round pick Philip Buchanon who held it until 2008 when he
joined the Lions as a free agent.
One of the longest-owning wearers was EJ Biggers who did an OK job in his Buccaneer career but not
enough yet to usurp Buchanon from the top spot and Major Wright did not do a lot at all in his three
seasons in the number. The most recent owner, Jordan Whitehead, has had a very promising fuirst two
seasons so there is hope for future development of this number as a better one in Buccaneer
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