The No.45 shirt So how does Jeris White get the early nod over Wayne Haddix who went to the 1990 Pro Bowl as a Buccaneer? Simply, Haddix should not have gone as his selection was one of the worst decisions ever made over the Pro Bowl in NFL history. White started for three seasons in Tampa and went on to win a Super Bowl ring with the Washington Redskins. Haddix had seven picks and three returned for touchdowns in one season but was beaten more times than an egg in that season and even more in 1991 until Coach Richard Williamson finally cut him. Vernon Turner kick returner wore No.45 briefly before switching to his normal No.30 jersey, but since then, 45 has not been a jersey worn by any player of great distinction. Tyrone Legette will always remain a favourite of Joel Glazer for his interception in the 1997 season opening win against San Francisco that signified the beginning of the turnaround of the franchise. Orie Lemon was one of the most recent owners of the jersey, his being a linebacker after the NFL changed the rules on number allocation Alan "Honcho" Cross wore the number for three years before retiring after the 2018 season to take up a coaching position at his alma mater. The current owner, fifth overall pick in 2019 Devin White, has become a real force on the Tampa defense and deservedly took over the best-ever title for this jersey number. BEST EVER TO WEAR No.45 FOR THE BUCCANEERS - DEVIN WHITE
Click on the player's name for their profile page, Buccaneer stats and picture galleries Years Player Pos 1977-79 Jeris White CB 1981 Aaron Mitchell CB 1983 Terdell Middleton RB 1990-91 Wayne Haddix CB 1993 Vernon Turner KR 1994-95 Tony Stargell CB 1996-97 Tyrone Legette CB 2002 Mike Solwold LS 2009-10 Chris Pressley FB 2013 Lonnie Pryor FB 2014-15 Orie Lemon LB 2016-18 Alan Cross TE 2019- Devin White LB