The No.78 shirt When it comes to a best-ever in a jersey, do you give it to a player with a long but quiet career, or to a one-year wonder? That was the decision over the 78 shirt and hence John Cannon won out for his all-round performances in the number for the franchise. It of course helps that Cannon was one of the most popular off-field Buccaneers of all-time during his nine seasons in Tampa Bay. Marcus Jones was a first round pick who was even turned down by the Browns in the 1999 expansion draft until he turned it around for one stunning season in 2000 when he recorded 13 sacks. But it was more of a one-hit wonder and he was off the team by the time the Super Bowl rolled around in 2002. So the Bucs have had a Council in the 78 shirt and a Schumacher, the latter not being related to Michael or Ralf. But apart from John Cannon's longevity, this has not been a number with a great history for the franchise. Arron Sears looked a promising bet at one time but off-field issues led to his early retirement from the game. The most recent players to wear the number were Lazarius Levingston who was thankfully more well known round the locker room by his nickname of Pep, veteran tackle Gosder Cherilus who arrived as a free agent in 2015 and Jeremiah Ledbetter who recorded a single tackle in the number late in the 2018 season.
Click on the player's name for their profile page, Buccaneer career stats and picture galleries Years Player Pos 1976-77 Council Rudolph DE 1978 Kurt Schumacher G 1980 Bruce Radford DL 1982-90 John Cannon  DL 1987 Walter Carter DE 1992 Corey Mayfield DT 1994 Tim Irwin  T 1996-2001 Marcus Jones DL 2004-05 Matt Stinchcomb T 2007-09 Arron Sears G 2012 Lazarius Levingston DT 2015-16 Gosder Cherilus T 2018 Jeremiah Ledbetter DT 2020- Tristan Wirfs T