The No.59 shirt Kevin Murphy is our choice for the best-ever No.59 in Buccaneer history, but almost by default as none of the other owners of the jersey did anything that memorable to warrant consideration. Mike Lemon is always now going to be known for the description of his release ("camp cut" - see his profile picture!) and aside from Andy Hawkins briefly in the early 1980s, this was not a number of great distinction. Jamie Duncan had the misfortune to replace a legend at middle linebacker in Hardy Nickerson and could never fulfill the hopes of the coaching staff in that role. Elijah Alexander was another one of Sam Wyche's 1992 draft picks that did not necessarily pan out in Tampa, but who went on to a long and successful career elsewhere in the NFL. And Justin Smith was probably the 53rd man on the roster when the Bucs went to the Super Bowl and provided the media with some memorable quotes as he and they knew his place at the event. Cato June spent two seasons never living up to expectations in the number or across the defense for the Bucs. Mason Foster spent four seasons owning the jersey and calling the defensive signals for the Buccaneers but with his time in Tampa over, his career does not warrant enough to wrest the best 59 award from Kevin Murphy.
Click on the player's name for their profile page, Buccaneer career stats and picture galleries Years Player Pos 1976-77 Mike Lemon LB 1978 Earl Inmon LB 1980-83 Andy Hawkins LB 1984 Robert Thompson LB 1985 Larry Kubin LB 1986-91 Kevin Murphy LB 1987 Leon Pennington LB 1992 Elijah Alexander LB 1997 Rufus Porter LB 1998-01 Jamie Duncan LB 2003 Justin Smith LB 2007-08 Cato June LB 2010 Donovan Raiola C 2011-14 Mason Foster LB 2015 Josh Martin DE 2015 Lawrence Sidbury DE 2015 Kourtnei Brown DE 2016-19 Devante Bond LB