In my endless research of all things football and through my passion for the history of the NFL, I have decided to try and compile an All-Time Team for all 32 current NFL franchises. By All-Time Team I mean a starting roster compiled of the very best players to ever put on each franchise’s jersey. I will be starting in alphabetical order by current franchise location, so Arizona Cardinals all the way to The Washington Football Team, with the goal of releasing one to two All-Time teams a week for the duration of the current NFL season. This is meant to be fun and cause some debate and is based on my opinion after all my research and deep dives into each franchise’s history. Of course, not everyone will agree with who I chose, and I’d love to hear from anyone who agrees or disagrees, but first, let’s lay out some ground rules for how I came up with each team.
1. Each team roster will consist of the following:
Offense - 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 2 OT, 2 OG, 1 C
Defense - 2 DE, 2 DT, 3 LB, 2 CB, 2 S
Special Teams - 1 K, 1 P, 1 Returner
Coach - 1 Head Coach
2. I only considered an individual’s stats and contributions with each specific franchise. For example, Peyton Manning’s years with the Broncos were not considered when deciding on the starting QB of the Colts All-Time Team. As a result, the stats and awards listed with each individual player are only those that were achieved with that specific franchise.
3. A player cannot represent two teams as the starter. Players who spent time with more than one team were considered for the franchise they spent the most time with or had the most impact on. This rule led to some interesting scenarios that I will discuss in detail with each specific article to try and clear up any confusion.
4. A player’s stats and impact were considered in context with their era. This won’t simply be a listing of who passed or ran for the most yards in franchise history.
5. All stats are from Pro-Football-Reference and through the 2021 season. I will also be counting sacks from 1960, though the NFL doesn't officially count sacks until 1982.
6. Players in the "Honorable Mentions" section are ordered by year. It's not an indication of where I believe they rank in franchise history.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get to it!
Tampa Bay Buccaneers All-Time Team
First Season: 1976
Record: 291-433-1 (39.32 W-L%)
Playoff Record: 11-10
Super Bowls Won: 2 (2002 and 2020)
Passing Leader: Jameis Winston 1,563/2,548 | 19,737 Yds | 121 TD
Rushing Leader: James Wilder 1,575 Att | 5,957 Yds | 37 TD
Receiving Leader: Mike Evans 606 Rec | 9,301 Yds | 75 TD
Sack Leader: Lee Roy Selmon 78.5 Sk
Interception Leader: Ronde Barber 47 Int
Scoring Leader: Martin Gramatica 592 Points
Winningest Coach: Jon Gruden 57-55
QB: Brad Johnson (2001-2004)
Record: 26-23 | 61.8 Cmp% | 10,940 Yds | 64 TD | 41 Int | 206 Rush Yds | 3 Rush TD | 1x Pro-Bowl (02) | 2002 Super Bowl Champion
I'm going with Brad Johnson at quarterback for the All-Time Buccaneers. The Buccaneers haven't really had a clear franchise quarterback at any point in their history. Jameis Winston holds the franchise records in yards and touchdowns, but he never led the team to the playoffs and only once had a winning a record. Doug Williams guided the Buccaneers to the playoffs three times, but he had more interceptions in three of his five seasons and completed less than 50% of his passes. Tampa Bay also can't claim Tom Brady as he's obviously the starter for the All-Time Patriots. All of this makes Brad Johnson the clear choice. He was only the primary starter for three seasons, but he guided the Buccaneers to the playoffs in two of them and won the Super Bowl in 2002. Johnson was also named to the Pro-Bowl in 2002 after completing 62% of his passes for over 3,000 yards, 22 touchdowns and just 6 interceptions.
Doug Williams (1978-1982) | Record: 33-33-1 | 47.4 Cmp% | 12,648 Yds | 73 TD | 73 Int | 879 Rush Yds | 13 TD
Vinny Testaverde (1987-1992) | Record: 24-48 | 52.1 Cmp% | 14,820 Yds | 77 TD | 112 Int | 905 Rush Yds | 5 Rush TD
Trent Dilfer (1994-1999) | Record: 38-38 | 54.8 Cmp% | 12,969 Yds | 70 TD | 80 Int | 650 Rush Yds | 5 Rush TD | 1x Pro-Bowl (97)
Jameis Winston (2015-2018) | Record: 28-42 | 61.3 Cmp% | 19,737 Yds | 121 TD | 88 Int | 1,044 Rush Yds | 10 Rush TD | Led League in Yds 2019 (5,109) | Led League in Yds/G 2019 (319.3) | 1x Pro-Bowl (15)
Tom Brady (2020-Present) | Record: 24-9 | 66.7 Cmp% | 9,949 Yds | 83 TD | 24 Int | 87 Rush Yds | 5 Rush TD | Led League in Cmp 2021 (485) | Led League in Yds 2021 (5,316) | Led League in TD 2021 (43) | Led League in Yds/G 2021 (312.7) | 1x Pro-Bowl (21) | 2020 Super Bowl Champion
RB: Mike Alstott (1996-2006)
3.7 Yds/A | 5,088 Yds | 58 TD | 305 Rec | 2,284 Rec Yds | 13 Rec TD | 6x Pro-Bowl (97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02) | 3x All-Pro (97, 98, 99)
Mike Alstott is the clear first choice at running back for the Buccaneers. The only thing keeping him out of the Hall of Fame is that voters must be treating him as a pure running back and not as a fullback. In the 1980s, the fullback position evolved into primarily a lead blocker and pass catcher who occasionally carried the ball. This sprung the likes of fullbacks like Tom Rathman and Daryl Johnston, just to name two. Mike Alstott was the last and greatest of the modern fullbacks. He spent 11 years in Tampa Bay and had over 500 yards rushing five times and over 10 rushing touchdowns once. He also had over 200 receiving yards six times and over 1,000 yards from scrimmage in 1999. Alstott compiled career highs of 949 rushing yards in 1999, 10 rushing touchdowns in 2001, and 65 receptions for 557 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns in 1996. He's the franchise record holder in touchdowns and was named to six straight Pro-Bowls from 1997-2002 and three straight All-Pro Teams from 1997-1999. Fullbacks haven't even come close to putting up numbers like Alstott since he retired in 2006. It's time the Hall of Fame does the right thing and gives him a gold jacket.
RB: James Wilder (1981-1989)
3.8 Yds/A | 5,957 Yds | 37 TD | 430 Rec | 3,492 Rec Yds | 9 Rec TD | 1x Pro-Bowl (84)
This spot came down to James Wilder and Warrick Dunn. I give the slight edge to Wilder. He spent nine years in Tampa Bay, racking up a franchise record 5,957 rushing yards. Wilder had over 1,000 rushing yards twice and over 1,000 yards from scrimmage four times. His best season came in 1984 when he ran for 1,544 yards and 13 touchdowns and added 85 receptions for 685 yards through the air. That's over 2,200 yards from scrimmage. He was named to his only Pro-Bowl in that same 1984 season. Warrick Dunn spent six seasons in Tampa Bay and is an extremely close second.
Warrick Dunn (1997-2001, 2008) | 4.0 Yds/A | 4,986 Yds | 19 TD | 306 Rec | 2,704 Rec Yds | 9 Rec TD | 2x Pro-Bowl (97, 00) | 1997 Offensive Rookie of the Year
Cadillac Williams (2005-2010) | 3.8 Yds/A | 3,677 Yds | 20 TD | 134 Rec | 909 Rec Yds | 4 Rec TD | 2005 Offensive Rookie of the Year
Doug Martin (2012-2017) | 4.0 Yds/A | 4,633 Yds | 26 TD | 130 Rec | 1,091 Rec Yds | 2 Rec TD | 2x Pro-Bowl (12, 15) | 1x All-Pro (15)
WR: Mike Evans (2014-Present)
606 Rec | 9,301 Yds | 75 TD | 4x Pro-Bowl (16, 18, 19, 21)
Mike Evans is far and away the greatest receiver in franchise history. Evans has put up over 1,000 yards in all eight of his seasons and has gone over 10 touchdowns four times. He's the franchise record holder in receptions, yards and touchdowns and has been voted to four different Pro-Bowls. If he continues at his current pace, he'll have a case for the Hall of Fame.
WR: Keyshawn Johnson (2000-2003)
298 Rec | 3,828 Yds | 17 TD | 1x Pro-Bowl (01)
Keyshawn Johnson gets the second receiver position for Tampa Bay. He only spent four years with the team but posted over 1,000 yards twice and was the top receiver for the 2002 Super Bowl winning team. Johnson was also voted to the Pro-Bowl in 2001.
WR: Vincent Jackson (2012-2016)
268 Rec | 4,326 Yds | 20 TD | Led League in Yds/Rec 2012 (19.2) | 1x Pro-Bowl (12)
This final spot surprised me. Vincent Jackson was great with the Buccaneers from 2012-2016. He had over 1,000 yards in his first three seasons in Tampa Bay, including a career high 1,384 yards in 2012. Jackson also led the league in yards per reception in 2012 and was named to the Pro-Bowl that same season. Mark Carrier and Joey Galloway were solid in Tampa Bay as well and Chris Godwin will likely end up taking this spot if he continues on his current pace.
Kevin House (1980-1986) | 286 Rec | 4,928 Yds | 31 TD
Mark Carrier (1987-1992) | 321 Rec | 5,018 Yds | 27 TD | 1x Pro-Bowl (89)
Joey Galloway (2004-2008) | 248 Rec | 3,912 Yds | 28 TD
Chris Godwin (2017-Present) | 342 Rec | 4,643 Yds | 29 TD | 1x Pro-Bowl (19)
TE: Jimmie Giles (1978-1986)
279 Rec | 4,300 Yds | 34 TD | 4x Pro-Bowl (80, 81, 82, 85)
Jimmie Giles is clearly the choice at tight end for the Buccaneers. Giles had over 500 yards in four seasons and had over five touchdowns in four seasons as well. He's the franchise record holder in receiving yards and touchdowns amongst tight ends and was also named to four different Pro-Bowls.
Ron Hall (1987-1993) | 209 Rec | 2,422 Yds | 10 TD
Dave Moore (1992-2001, 2004-2006) | 184 Rec | 1,805 Yds | 24 TD | 1x Pro-Bowl (06)
Cameron Brate (2014-Present) | 253 Rec | 2,683 Yds | 33 TD
Rob Gronkowski (2020-Present) | 100 Rec | 1,425 Yds | 13 TD
OT: Donald Penn (2007-2013)
Started 108 of 112 Games | 1x Pro-Bowl (10)
First up on the offensive line is Donald Penn. Penn started over 100 games with the Buccaneers from 2007-2013, including starting every game in six different seasons. He was also voted to the Pro-Bowl in 2010.
OT: Paul Gruber (1988-1999)
Started 183 of 183 Games
The other offensive tackle position goes to Paul Gruber. Gruber started over 180 games in Tampa Bay from 1988-1999 and started every game in 10 different seasons. Although, he was surprisingly never named to a Pro-Bowl or All-Pro Team.
Rob Taylor (1986-1993) | Started 91 of 110 Games
Demar Dotson (2009-2019) | Started 106 of 130 Games
OG: Davin Joseph (2006-2013)
Started 99 of 100 Games | 2x Pro-Bowl (08, 11)
Davin Joseph is first up at offensive guard. Joseph spent seven seasons in Tampa Bay and started every game in four of them. He was also named to the Pro-Bowl in both 2008 and 2011.
OG: Ali Marpet (2015-Present)
Started 101 of 101 Games | 1x Pro-Bowl (21)
The other offensive guard position goes to Ali Marpet. Marpet has started every game three different times and has been voted to one Pro-Bowl, coming in 2021.
Ian Beckles (1990-1996) | Started 92 of 101 Games
C: Tony Mayberry (1990-1999)
Started 145 of 160 Games | 3x Pro-Bowl (97, 98, 99)
The final member of the offensive line is Tony Mayberry. Mayberry started every game in nine straight seasons from 1991-1999. In all he started in over 140 straight games and was named to the Pro-Bowl in his final three seasons, coming in 1997, 1998 and 1999.
Steve Wilson (1976-1985) | Started 104 of 125 Games
Randy Grimes (1983-1992) | Started 104 of 118 Games
Jeff Christy (2000-2002) | Started 47 of 47 Games | 1x Pro-Bowl (00)
Ryan Jensen (2018-Present) | Started 65 of 65 Games | 1x Pro-Bowl (21)
DE: Lee Roy Selmon (1976-1984)
10 FR | 78.5 Sk | 6x Pro-Bowl (79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84) | 1x All-Pro (79) | 1979 Defensive Player of the Year | Hall of Fame All-1980s Team | Hall of Fame Class 1995
Now were on to the strength of this All-Time Team, the defense. Selmon racked up a franchise record 78.5 sacks during his nine seasons in Tampa Bay and had over 10 sacks in four different seasons. He was named to the Pro-Bowl in six straight seasons from 1979-1984 and was also named to the All-Pro Team in 1979. Selmon was named the 1979 Defensive Player of the Year and voted to the Hall of Fame All-1980s Team. He became the Buccaneers first Hall of Famer in franchise history when he was inducted in 1995.
DE: Simeon Rice (2001-2006)
4 Int | 19 FF | 1 FR | 69.5 Sk | 250 Tackles | 67 TFL | Led League in FF 2003 (6) | 2x Pro-Bowl (02, 03) | 1x All-Pro (02)
Simeon Rice will man down the other side of the defensive line. He's the first of many players from the great defenses of the early 2000s. Rice spent six seasons with Buccaneers and racked up just under 70 sacks. He had over 11 sacks in five seasons and led the league in forced fumbles in 2003 with six. Rice was also named to two Pro-Bowls and the 2002 All-Pro Team. He has an outside shot to one day join Selmon in the Hall of Fame.
John Cannon (1982-1990) | 1 Int | 11 FR | 22 Sk
Chidi Ahanotu (1993-2000, 2004) | 4 FF | 4 FR | 34.5 Sk | 318 Tackles | 13 TFL
William Gholston (2013-Present) | 3 FF | 2 FR | 19.5 Sk | 352 Tackles | 54 TFL
DT: Warren Sapp (1995-2003)
3 Int | 15 FF | 9 FR | 77 Sk | 406 Tackles | 64 TFL | 7x Pro-Bowl (97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03) | 4x All-Pro (99, 00, 01, 02) | 1999 Defensive Player of the Year | Hall of Fame All-1990s Team | Hall of Fame All-2000s Team | Hall of Fame Class 2013
Warren Sapp is another great from the 2002 Super Bowl winning team. He has the second most sacks in franchise history with 77 and racked up over 60 tackles for loss. Sapp had over 10 sacks in three different seasons and was even named the 1999 Defensive Player of the Year. He was also voted to seven straight Pro-Bowls from 1997-2003 and four straight All-Pro Teams from 1999-2002. Sapp is easily one of the greatest defensive tackles in NFL history and as such was named to both the Hall of Fame All-1980s and All-1990s Team. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013.
DT: Gerald McCoy (2010-2018)
6 FF | 4 FR | 54.5 Sk | 297 Tackles | 79 TFL | 6x Pro-Bowl (12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17) | 1x All-Pro (13)
Gerald McCoy may just join Sapp in the Hall of Fame once he becomes eligible. McCoy posted at least five sacks in seven different seasons and compiled just under 80 tackles for loss with Tampa Bay. He was named to six straight Pro-Bowls from 2012-2017 and the 2013 All-Pro Team. McCoy's has been one of the best defensive tackles in the league for the past decade.
David Logan (1979-1986) | 1 Int | 4 FR | 38.5 Sk
Brad Culpepper (1994-1999) | 6 FF | 3 FR | 33 Sk | 291 Tackles
LB: Derrick Brooks (1995-2008)
25 Int | 24 FF | 4 FR | 13.5 Sk | 1,713 Tackles | 68 TFL | Led League in Tackles 1998 (158) | Led League in Solo Tackles 1998, 2000 and 2004 (123, 123, 109) | 11x Pro-Bowl (97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 08) | 5x All-Pro (99, 00, 02, 04, 05) | 2002 Defensive Player of the Year | 2000 Walter Payton Man of the Year | Hall of Fame All-2000s Team | Hall of Fame Class 2014
Here's another member of the early 2000s Buccaneers that won a Super Bowl in 2002. Derrick Brooks is the greatest player in franchise history. During his 14 seasons in Tampa Bay Brooks intercepted 25 passes and racked up a staggering 1,713 tackles. Brooks led the league tackles once and in solo tackles three separate times. He was voted to an absurd 11 Pro-Bowls, including 10 straight from 1997-2006 and five All-Pro Teams. Brooks was also named the 2002 Defensive Player of the Year and voted to the Hall of Fame All-2000s Team. He's clearly one of the greatest to ever do it and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014.
LB: Hardy Nickerson (1993-1999)
7 Int | 13 FF | 9 FR | 9 Sk | 926 Tackles | Led League in Tackles 1993 (214) | 5x Pro-Bowl (93, 96, 97, 98, 99) | 2x All-Pro (93, 97) | Hall of Fame All-1990s Team
Hardy Nickerson is a massive Hall of Fame snub. He had over 100 tackles in six of his seven years, including a league leading 214 tackles in 1993. Those 214 tackles are still the all-time the single season record. Nickerson is also ranked eighth all-time in career tackles in NFL history. He was named to five Pro-Bowls, two All-Pro Teams and the Hall of Fame All-1990s Team. Not sure what's keeping him out of the Hall of Fame.
LB: Lavonte David (2012-Present)
12 Int | 26 FF | 17 FR | 26 Sk | 1,222 Tackles | 133 TFL | 1x Pro-Bowl (15) | 1x All-Pro (13)
Lavonte David is the third and final starting linebacker. He's been with the Buccaneers since 2012 and has racked up over 10 interceptions, 20 sacks and 1,200 tackles. He's had over 100 tackles in eight different seasons and was voted to the Pro-Bowl in 2015 and the All-Pro Team in 2013. David has been the clear leader on defense for the Buccaneers for the past decade and is somewhat of an underappreciated player, having only been named to those single Pro-Bowl and All-Pro Teams.
Richard Wood (1976-1984) | 9 Int | 6 FR | 2.5 Sk
Dave Lewis (1977-1981) | 10 Int | 6 FR | 9 Sk | 1x Pro-Bowl (80)
Cecil Johnson (1977-1985) | 9 Int | 11 FR | 9.5 Sk
Hugh Green (1981-1985) | 1 Int | 4 FR | 22 Sk | 2x Pro-Bowl (82, 83)
Shelton Quarles (1997-2006) | 4 Int | 8 FF | 8 FR | 13 Sk | 710 Tackles | 30 TFL | 1x Pro-Bowl (02)
Barrett Rudd (2005-2010) | 6 Int | 7 FF | 5 FR | 5 Sk | 584 Tackles | 19 TFL
Kwon Alexander (2015-2018) | 6 Int | 6 FF | 2 FR | 7 Sk | 380 Tackles | 31 TFL | Led League in Solo Tackles 2016 (108) | 1x Pro-Bowl (17)
Shaquil Barrett (2019-Present) | 2 Int | 11 FF | 2 FR | 37.5 Sk | 166 Tackles | 39 TFL | Led League in Sk 2019 (19.5) | 2x Pro-Bowl (19, 21)
CB: Ronde Barber (1997-2012)
47 Int | 15 FF | 12 FR | 28 Sk | 1,251 Tackles | 88 TFL | Led League in Int 2001 (10) | 5x Pro-Bowl (01, 04, 05, 06, 08) | 3x All-Pro (01, 04, 05) | Hall of Fame All-2000s Team
Another great defender from the 2002 Super Bowl winning team. Ronde Barber should have already been inducted into the Hall of Fame, but for some reason he's been kept out. Maybe this year will be his year. He intercepted a franchise record 47 passes during his 16 seasons in Tampa Bay and led the league with 10 picks in 2001. Barber also racked up over 1,200 tackles and was named five Pro-Bowls, three All-Pro Teams and the Hall of Fame All-2000s Team. He'll get a bust eventually, but he's already waited too long.
CB: Donnie Abraham (1996-2001)
31 Int | 2 FF | 6 FR | 2 Sk | 325 Tackles | 4 TFL | Led League in Int 1999 (7) | 1x Pro-Bowl (00)
Donnie Abraham gets the other starting cornerback spot. He spent six seasons in Tampa Bay and intercepted over 30 passes. Abraham even led the league in interceptions in 1999 with seven, but somehow wasn't named to the Pro-Bowl or All-Pro Team. Though, he was named to the Pro-Bowl in 2000.
Mike Washington (1976-1984) | 28 Int | 2 FR | 1 Sk
Rickey Reynolds (1987-1993) | 17 Int | 8 FF | 8 FR | 3 Sk | 434 Tackles
Brian Kelly (1998-2007) | 22 Int | 2 FF | 5 FR | 3.5 Sk | 401 Tackles | 11 TFL | Led League in Int 2002 (8)
S: John Lynch (1993-2003)
23 Int | 7 FF | 8 FR | 6 Sk | 788 Tackles | 19 TFL | 5x Pro-Bowl (97, 99, 00, 01, 02) | 2x All-Pro (99, 00) | Hall of Fame Class 2021
What a surprise, yet another member of the early 2000s teams. John Lynch is an all-time great safety and compiled over 20 interceptions and 700 tackles. Lynch was named to five Pro-Bowls and two All-Pro Teams and of course won a Super Bowl in 2002. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2021.
S: Cedric Brown (1976-1984)
29 Int | 4 FR
Cedric Brown will man down the final defensive position. He was never named to a Pro-Bowl or All-Pro Team, but he had multiple interceptions in six different seasons. Brown intercepted a career high nine passes in 1981 but was somehow never named to a Pro-Bowl or All-Pro Team.
Mark Cotney (1976-1984) | 17 Int | 6 FR | 5 Sk
K: Martin Gramatica (1999-2004)
76.5 FG% | 55 Long | 592 Points | Led League in FGM 2002 (32) | Led League in Long 2000 (55) | 1x Pro-Bowl (00)
Martin Gramatica is the franchise leader in points with just under a total of 600. He made over 75% of his field goal attempts and led the league in field goals made in 2002 and in longest field goal in 2000. Gramatica was a member of the 2002 Super Bowl winning team and was named to his lone Pro-Bowl in 2000.
Michael Husted (1993-1998) | 73.1 FG% | 57 Long | 502 Points
P: Josh Bidwell (2004-2008)
18,426 Punt Yds | 64 Long | 44.0 Yds/Punt | 1x Pro-Bowl (05)
Josh Bidwell is the clear choice at punter. He averaged over 44 yards per punt during his five seasons and is the franchise leader in total punt yards. Bidwell was also named to the Pro-Bowl in 2005.
Returner: Karl Williams (1996-2003)
2,279 Punt Rt Yds | 5 Punt Rt TD | 10.7 Yds/Punt Rt | 1,227 Kick Rt Yds | 22.3 Yds/Kick Rt
Surprisingly Karl Williams never made a Pro-Bowl or All-Pro Team, but he should be considered one of the great returners in NFL history. He totaled over 3,000 total return yards during his seven seasons in Tampa Bay, but most notably returned five punts back for a touchdown. He also won a Super Bowl in 2002.
Head Coach: Bruce Arians (2019-Present)
Regular Season: 31-18 | 63.3 W-L% | Playoffs: 5-1 | 2020 Super Bowl Champion
After another stellar campaign in 2021, I think it's safe to say that Bruce Arians has supplanted Jon Gruden as the greatest head coach in Buccaneers history. Arians has won over 60% of his games and won a Super Bowl in 2020. If Arians can continue his success after Brady has retired, he may carve out a way to the Hall of Fame. Gruden won a Super Bowl as well, but he did so with Tony Dungy's team.
John McKay (1976-1984) | Regular Season: 44-88-1 | 33.5 W-L% | Playoffs: 1-3
Tony Dungy (1996-2001) | Regular Season: 54-42 | 56.3 W-L% | Playoffs: 2-4 | Hall of Fame Class 2016
Jon Gruden (2002-2008) | Regular Season: 57-55 | 50.9 W-L% | Playoffs: 3-2 | 2002 Super Bowl Champion
Bruce Arians (2019-Present) | Regular Season: 31-18 | 63.3 W-L% | Playoffs: 5-1 | 2020 Super Bowl Champion