Of the 17 players to have worn this number for the Buccaneers, nearly all centers and linebackers, two have held the jersey for the best part of a decade each. Jeff Gooch, was with the Bucs since making Tony Dungy's first team as an undrafted free agent and after some time away, returned for a final year leading the special teams' squads. But the main holder of the jersey, Steve Wilson, was one of the original Bucs and only switched to No.50 from his original No.79 before the start of the division-winning 1979 season. Sadly Dan Turk, is no longer with us, and most of the other owners were one-season wonders at best including Chuck Pitcock who was the replacement team center in 1987 until Turk crossed the picket line to play the final game for that unit. Four of the most recent owners Jamie Winborn, Jeremiah Trotter, Matt McCoy and Tyrone McKenzie have been nothing more than back-up linebackers and occasional special teams' members and the late Daniel Te'o-Nesheim only became a starter in 2012 because of injury to Adrian Clayborn. Bruce Carter took over the jersey in 2015 having been a big-money free agent signing but he only started three games that season and was then released the following off-season. 2018 first round pick Vita Vea took over the number as a rookie and has quickly proven to be an excellent pick for the middle of the defensive line and is getting close to taking the best-ever title away from Steve. BEST EVER TO WEAR No.50 FOR THE BUCS - STEVE WILSON
Click on the player's name for their profile page, Buccaneer stats and picture galleries Years Player Pos 1976 Tim Kearney LB 1979-85 Steve Wilson C 1987-88 Dan Turk C 1987 Chuck Pitcock C 1992 Sidney Coleman LB 1992 EJ Junior LB 1993 Reggie Burnette LB 1996-01, 4 Jeff Gooch LB 2006 Jamie Winborn LB 2007 Jeremiah Trotter LB 2008-09 Matt McCoy LB 2010 Tyrone McKenzie LB 2011-13 Daniel Te'o-Nesheim DE 2014 Dane Fletcher LB 2015 Bruce Carter LB 2016 Josh Keyes LB 2018- Vita Vea DT