Dewey Selmon had this as his original number during the early days of the franchise, having originally been drafted as a defensive lineman before switching to his linebacker 58 for the 1979 season. Greg Roberts was a former first round pick who started on the 1979 team as a rookie but never really lived up to his draft billing, and was followed in the 61 jersey by three real no-names from franchise history. And then along came Tony Mayberry. He started his first NFL game in Detroit in 1990 when Randy Grimes was hurt, and became the regular starting center in 1992 keeping the job for the rest of the decade. The emergence of the Buccaneers as an NFL force in the late 90s made a lot of Buc players become Pro Bowlers including Mayberry. Of the more recent wearers, Chris Colmer's career was blighted by injury and he never actually played a down for the Bucs before sadly passing away in 2011 at a very early age. Jonathan Compas spent most of 2009 watching plays from the sideline and Will Barker was nothing more than a back-up during his time on the roster in the 2010 season. Josh Allen was on the roster for three seasons but only saw action in four games and Leonard Wester took over the number in 2018 seeing action only as an additional blocking tight end, which is more than Zack Bailey ever did. BEST EVER TO WEAR No.61 FOR THE BUCS - TONY MAYBERRY
Click on the player's name for their profile page, Buccaneer stats and picture galleries Years Player Pos 1976-78 Dewey Selmon DT 1979-82 Greg Roberts G 1983 Don Bailey C 1985 Wally Kersten T 1989 Byron Ingram G/T 1990-99 Tony Mayberry C 2003 Cleveland Pinkney DT 2005-06 Chris Colmer T 2009 Jonathan Compas C 2010 Will Barker C 2014-16 Josh Allen G 2018 Leonard Wester T 2019 Zack Bailey G