Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers all-time team

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Running Back: James Wilder (1981 – 1989)

James Wilder is still the Buccaneers’ all-time leading rusher with 5,957 yards. While it was more of a run-first era of NFL football, the Bucs weren’t exactly running out the clock a lot during Wilder’s playing days, which makes this total all the more impressive.

It’s a crime that Wilder is not included in the Bucs’ Ring of Honor, but that is a wrong that will almost surely be righted sooner rather than later. Wilder’s 37 rushing touchdowns in Tampa Bay ranks second to only one other player, who is also a member of this all-time team.

Fullback: Mike Alstott (1996 – 2006)

Even if he was a fullback, Mike Alstott’s 58 rushing touchdowns ranks first all-time in franchise history by a wide margin. His 5,088 career rushing  yards ranks second in franchise history only to Wilder. Even if the  fullback is essentially an endangered species in today’s NFL, the fact that the A-Train was so dominant, and so beloved as a result, means that absolutely no Buccaneers all-time team would be complete without the inclusion of Alstott.

A ball carrier who actually is a member of the Bucs’ Ring of Honor, Alstott remains not only the franchise’s most beloved offensive player, but one of the most beloved players period, which is saying a lot for a team that’s history has had their best players be almost exclusively on the defensive side of the ball.