Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Top 5 running backs in Buccaneers’ history

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Number 4: Errict Rhett

Coming in at the number four spot was a running back out of the University of Florida, and the Buccaneers first pick in the second round of the 1994 NFL Draft, Errict Rhett. Rhett was another college stud, and while the NFL was a passing league, there was still a big need for good running backs.

In his first season, Rhett rushed for an impressive 1,011 yards on 284 attempts, marking the first time that a Buccaneer rushed for over 1,000 yards in their rookie season. Rhett also rushed for seven touchdowns in his rookie campaign.

Rhett started in eight games that year, but he played in all 16 games, and to go along with his rushing stats, he also had 22 catches and 119 receiving yards.

To prove to the doubters that his 1,000-yard season wasn’t beginner’s luck, Rhett followed his rookie campaign up with 1,207 rushing yards during the 1995 season. In his second season, Rhett started in all 16 games and had a career-high in rushing attempts (332), yards (1,207), and touchdowns (11).