Bucs fans began cheering for Donnie Abraham in 1996 when he was the third round selection, 71st overall. He began his career with a bang, starting 12 games that season and posting two fumble recoveries to go along with five interceptions. His first career interception came in a week three loss to the Denver Broncos. He posted five more interceptions in 1997 followed by one in 1998.
Things really got cooking for Abraham in 1999. That was the first year of back to back seven interception performances. In ’99 he also ran back two for touchdowns to lead the league. The one against the Falcons put the Bucs ahead to stay in a 19-10 victory. Abraham was also credited with two sacks in 1999.
The Bucs saw the playoffs in 2000, and although they lost to the Philadelphia Eagles, Donnie Abraham did manage an interception in the game. He made his only career Pro Bowl appearance that season as well. He finished his Tampa career in 2001 with six interceptions before heading up to New York to finish his career with the Jets.
His 31 interceptions for the Bucs place him second on the franchise list. All of that for a third round cornerback from East Tennessee St.
Our number four steal, number 21, Donnie Abraham!