Warrick Dunn (1997-2001, 2008)
At the third on this list, Warrick Dunn was a part of one of the most productive rushing attacks in Buccaneers’ history. Dunn and Alstott comprised a thunder and lightning dynamic that defined the offense in Tampa Bay during the late 90s and early 2000s.
Dunn and Alstott generally split the backfield duties, but both players were able to earn their own share of touches and made names for themselves.
Dunn was able to post two 1,000+ yard rushing seasons with the Buccaneers and also accounted for 2,704 receiving yards. If one thing hasn’t become clear through this list yet, it is that the Bucs have to getting the running backs more involved in the passing game in 2020.
Dunn never had a season with fewer than 300 receiving yards and never had a season with fewer than 1,000 yards from scrimmage, which is incredibly impressive considering Mike Alstott was still getting a sizable number of touches.
The one place where Dunn falls short with the above players is on rushing touchdowns, but this is understandable. Mike Alstott was the obvious choice to use during goal-line scenarios.
Had it not been for the split backfield and the years in Atlanta, Warrick Dunn had the easy opportunity to be the most accomplished running backs in Buccaneer history. As a matter of fact, without the split backfield and a Super Bowl win, if he stayed in Tampa Bay, Dunn could have played at a Hall of Fame pace.
The “what ifs” in this situation are tough to deal with, but even with his limited time in Tampa Bay, Warrick Dunn still solidified himself as one of the greats.