In our continuing countdown of the best Buccaneers ever to wear the uniform, who was the best to wear number 92?
As we head into the final weeks prior to training camp, we continue our look back. The Buccaneers have had a rich history of talented players, even as far back as the early days of 1976. The wins have been hard to come by, but the talent has not. From the likes of Doug Williams to Doug Martin and everyone in between, the Bucs’ have been a talented bunch even in defeat.
But who are the best players ever to don the uniform?
Over the last several days, we have been going back through the annals of Bucs’ history, naming the best players ever to wear the jersey, counting down by jersey number. We left off with number 93, our good buddy Gerald McCoy. Next up is number 92.
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The choice is Anthony McFarland.
McFarland was the 15th pick of the 1999 NFL draft. A backup in his rookie year, McFarland posted one sack and 14 total tackles. In 2000, he took his place on the starting defensive line and didn’t relinquish that spot until 2006 when left for Indianapolis.
2000 was a big year for McFarland, as he posted 6.5 sacks, 50 total tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. In week three, he posted a 2.5 sack performance in a win over the Detroit Lions, 31-10.
McFarland didn’t play all 16 games in either of the next two seasons, active for 14 in 2001 and 10 in 2002. His sack production went from the high mark of 2000 to 3.5 in 2001 and 1.5 in 2002. He rebounded a bit in 2003, starting all 16 games and posting 2.5 sacks to go along with 49 tackles.
2004 saw McFarland active for only eight games, though he did jump up to three sacks combined with his 11 tackles. His final full year with the team was in 2005, when he started 15 games, posting two sacks and 27 total tackles.
He started five games with Tampa in 2006 before heading to Indianapolis. Before he left, he posted eight tackles.
For his Tampa career, McFarland played in 98 games over almost 7.5 years, starting 84 of them. He racked up 219 total tackles, 20 sacks, four forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.
Flashy? Maybe not. But McFarland was definitely a solid player during his time with the Bucs, and the best player to wear number 92.