The No.32 shirt
Of the eight backs to have rushed for more than 2,000 yards as
Buccaneer, three of them wore No.32. It is without a doubt, the number of
the backs. Even from Louis Carter, the man who threw the first
touchdown pass in franchise history, the legacy has continued.
And of course the best of them all, the best offensive player in franchise history in my
opinion, was James Wilder. The leading rusher in Buccaneer history and he retired
also as the man with the most receptions. He played throughout the 1980s and went
to the Pro Bowl in 1984.
Errict Rhett and Michael Pittman have both had their turns in the spotlight, Rhett twice recording 1,000-yard
seasons before his career nosedived after an ill-advised contract dispute. Pittman might not have reached
that four figure mark in a season, but played six full seasons for the Bucs.
The only non-rushers, are CB Marcus Hamilton who played one game in 2008 before being waived and
signed by the team he played against, Chicago and Isaiah Frey who appeared briefly during the 2014
season. Mike Edwards switched to the 32 jersey for the 2020 season.
Kareem Huggins came off the practice squad late in 2009 to become the ninth player to wear the
distinguished jersey. The next three running backs to wear this hallowed backfield jersey did anything
worthy of such a franchise honour although Jacquizz Rodgers came along in 2016 and had a 100-yard
game in his first start on Monday Night football.
Mike Edwards wore it for three seasons having switched from his original 34 jersey.
BEST EVER TO WEAR No.32 FOR THE BUCCANEERS - JAMES WILDER
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