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
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.
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
Recent years have seen a spate of back-up linebackers and special teamers take over the number without
anyone distinguishing themselves.
BEST EVER TO WEAR No.52 FOR THE BUCCANEERS - SCOT BRANTLEY
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