Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 30 greatest players in franchise history

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22. player. 48. . Wide Receiver. (1980-86). Kevin House

Another old school Buccaneer who was pivotal in establishing the franchise in the NFL comes in at No. 21. Kevin House began his career in Tampa Bay after the team drafted him in the second round of the 1980 NFL Draft. Not necessarily a household name coming out of Southern Illinois, House surely made a name for himself after nine seasons in the league, seven of which with the Buccaneers.

With guys like Doug Williams and Steve DeBerg throwing him the ball, House had his work cut out for him. Williams is considered one of the best quarterbacks in Tampa Bay lore, but that is more indicative of a lack of talent at the position. William’s career 47.2 percent completion rate is laughably bad, but he is not the focus here (there’s a reason he didn’t make this list). Regardless, House performed well on some pretty bad teams led by some lackluster quarterbacking.

Over the course of his seven seasons with the Buccaneers, House accumulated nearly 5,000 receiving yards. His 4,928 yards actually ranks second all-time in franchise history, only behind Mark Carrier, who will appear later in these rankings.

House may have ended his career with the Rams in Los Angeles, but he will always be remembered for his efforts in Florida. House was a speedster that possessed good height standing at 6-foot-1. Regarded as the first great receiver in team history, House’s name is everywhere in the franchise record books.