A Buccaneers legend that deserves a ring
James Wilder deserved much more than a ring during his career with the Buccaneers, but that is an easy place to start. With a place in the Ring of Honor as a common discussion tied to the Buccaneer legend, James Wilder is about as accomplished as they come in franchise history.
Having two outright ridiculous seasons with the Bucs when the team was just starting to develop its identity is just where the argument begins for Wilder. Doug Martin came close with two great seasons of his own, but there is no topping James Wilder’s 1984 season.
That season alone was enough to put Wilder in Buccaneers’ lore forever, yet he didn’t stop there.
While putting together over 2,000 all-purpose yards every season is an impressive task, Wilder’s longevity with the Buccaneers is also deserving of Super Bowl recognition. Nine seasons with a team like the Bucs is historically difficult to pull off if you’re in search of team accolades, yet Wilder stayed all the same.
From being the entire offense on a bad team to a leader through the formative years of a budding NFL franchise, James Wilder did everything right to put himself in the best position to win a ring in Tampa, but the team let him down.
The least the Bucs can do is get him in the Ring of Honor sooner than later.