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. 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. BEST EVER TO WEAR No.52 FOR THE BUCCANEERS - SCOT BRANTLEY
Click on the player's name for their profile page, Buccaneer stats and picture galleries Years Player Pos 1976 Steve Reese LB 1977-78 Paul Harris LB 1980-87 Scot Brantley LB 1987 Pat Teague LB 1988 Victor Jones LB 1990-92 Keith McCants LB/DE 1995-96 Wardell Rouse LB 1997-98 Greg Bellisari LB 2000-03 Nate Webster LB 2004 Ian Gold LB 2006 Antoine Cash LB 2008-11 Jeff Faine C 2013-14 Johnathan Casillas LB 2014 Jason Williams LB 2015 Jeremiah George LB 2017 Nigel Harris LB 2016-18 Cameron Lynch LB 2019 Noah Dawkins LB 2021- KJ Britt LB