The No.60 shirt
We move into the realms of the offensive line numbers now but the
first player to wear No.60 for the Buccaneers was actually a defensive
end, Wally Chambers. He was twice named NFC Defensive Player of the
Year but with Chicago and was almost totally washed-out by the time he
arrived in Tampa in a trade for a first round pick.
Randy "Bubba" Grimes took over as the Bucs' center from Steve Wilson and held the
job for nearly a decade before Tony Mayberry put on the mantle for a similar length of
time. Grimes became the first Tampa Bay player to have appeared for five different Buc
head coaches, John McKay, Leeman Bennett, Ray Perkins, Richard Williamson and Sam Wyche.
Paul O'Connor was a member of the 1987 replacement team but the next two players to take the No.60 job
each made a whole bunch of starts in Buc colours, three-generation lineman Jim Pyne who went on to
become an assistant coach with the team, and Cosey Coleman who played five seasons in Tampa before
bolting for Cleveland as a free agent in April 2005.
The last six owners of the jersey have no more than a handful of appearances between them with current
occupier, Nick Leverett, being one of the back-ups on the offensive line throughout 2021 and then a starter
in his second NFL season.
BEST EVER TO WEAR No.60 FOR THE BUCCANEERS - RANDY GRIMES
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