The No.86 shirt Only three receivers have broken the tight end stranglehold on this jersey during the history of the Buccaneers and ain't that the Truth? For the Truth was Karl Williams' nickname during his eight seasons in Tampa Bay and four punt return touchdowns and a host of other big-plays earn him the best-ever 86 accolade which is not bad for an undrafted free agent from Texas A&M Kingsville. Jim Obradovich was the number two tight end to Jimmie Giles for many years having followed Bob Moore into the jersey in 1978. Moore was selected in the 1976 expansion draft and really did not want any part of being with the Buccaneers. Calvin Magee did well as another undrafted free agent before he ate himself out of a job under Ray Perkins but he did score the very first time he touched the ball in the NFL, a one-yard score in the 1985 season opener in Chicago. And if we were offering a prize for the toughest and meanest player when it came to the locker room and playing field fights, then Tyji Armstrong would win every time. The number was also worn by former NFL bad boy Jerramy Stevens, or "He whose name shall not be mentioned on this show" as JP Peterson referred to him on Tampa sports radio. Since then, the list has become even more less distinguished leaving Karl Williams in clear top ownership.
Click on the player's name for their profile page, Buccaneer career stats and picture galleries Years Player Pos 1976-77 Bob Moore  TE 1978-83 Jim Obradovich TE 1984 Jay Carroll TE 1985-88 Calvin Magee TE 1989 William Harris  TE 1990-91 Ed Thomas TE 1992-95 Tyji Armstrong TE 1996-2003 Karl Williams WR 2004 Dave Moore TE 2005 Edell Shepherd   WR 2006 Doug Jolley   TE 2007-10 Jerramy Stevens  TE 2012-13 Danny Noble TE 2013 Kyle Adams TE 2014 Solomon Patton WR 2014 Evan Rodriguez TE 2018 Donnie Ernsberger TE 2019- Codey McElroy TE