The No.52 shirt
The number of linebackers that the Buccaneers have had wearing this jersey is now well into double
figures But aside from one notable exception, the list does not bode good reading for Tampa Bay fans.
Scot Brantley may now be better known as Gene Deckerhoff's former sidekick on Buc radio
commentaries, but he was an eight-year player for the Buccaneers and did a solid job playing inside in
the 3-4 defense.
Keith McCants is of course, one of the biggest draft busts in franchise history (thank you Ray Perkins)
and aside from Nate Webster's performances as a back-up in the middle of the Super Bowl 4-3
alignment, the remainder of the list are real no-names and never-weres.
Ian Gold had a one-year career with the Buccaneers proving himself injury-free before returning to the
Broncos, whilst Antoine Cash was a special teamer only during the 2006 season. Of recent owners,
Cameron Lynch is in his second stint with the Bucs but has worn the number both times.
But the linebacker streak was ended when center Jeff Faine took over the number on joining the Bucs
as a free agent in 2008. He did a pretty admirable job both as a starter and team captain and one good
enough to make the decision between him and Scot a pretty close one.
But Jeff never walked into a radio broadcast with me, threw down his hunting jacket, gun and a couple
of dead animals on the floor, picked up his headphones and started broadcasting. Scot Brantley, you
are a legend.
Recent years have seen a spate of back-up linebackers and special teamers take over the number
without anyone distinguishing themselves.
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