Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ All-Time Passing Leaders (Yardage)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been a franchise since 1976, and while they struggled for a lot of years, the team has displayed a winning tradition for the past decade or so with Tony Dungy and now Jon Gruden coaching. They have also fielded some good quarterbacks over the years, and here is the all-time Top 10 in passing yards for the Bucs.
Vinny Testaverde (14,820)-He was the "savior" when the Bucs drafted him and went on to a very successful career in Tampa, followed by good runs with some other teams. Vinny actually only retired this past season (2007). Heck, he may not be done! Anyway, Testaverde played for the Bucs from 1987 to 1992 and leads the team in passing yards with 14,820. In 1988, Testaverde threw for 3240 yards and 13 touchdown passes, but it's hard to say it was a great season, as he also had a career high 35 interceptions, which ranks second for a single season in NFL history. Yikes.
Trent Dilfer (12,969)-Trent Dilfer began his career with the Bucs and played in Tampa from 1994 to 1999. He ranks second in franchise history with 12,969 passing yards. Dilfer threw for a career high 2859 yards in 1996, but his best season with the team was 1998, with 2729 yards, 21 TD passes and 15 picks.
Doug Williams (12,648)-Many remember Doug Williams for winning a Super Bowl in Washington, but he began his career in Tampa and played for the Bucs from 1978 to 1982. Williams ranks third in Tampa history with 12,648 passing yards and his best season was 1981-career high of 3563 passing yards with 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
Brad Johnson (10,940)-Journeyman Brad Johnson played just four seasons in Tampa Bay, from 2001 to 2004, but made them count and ranks fourth in team history with 10,940 yards. He also led the Bucs to their only Super Bowl title, after the 2002 season.
Johnson also had his best season that year, and went to the Pro Bowl by passing for 3049 yards with 22 TD passes and just 6 interceptions.
Steve DeBerg (9439)-Steve DeBerg played for the Bucs from 1984 to 1987 and again briefly in 1993. He ranks fifth in team history with 9439 yards passing. DeBerg's best season with Tampa was 1984, when he threw for 3554 yards with 19 touchdowns and 18 picks.
Craig Erickson (6094)-Craig Erickson played in Tampa for three seasons, 1992 to 1994 and ranks sixth in Bucs' history with 6094 passing yards. Erickson had his best season in 1993-that year, despite 21 interceptions, he threw for career highs in yards (3054) and TD passes (18).
Brian Griese (4572)-Journeyman Brian Griese played in Tampa in 2004 and 2005 and is back with them as a backup in 2008 (though he started a few games before being injured). Griese ranks seventh in Tampa Bay history with 4572 passing yards. His best season with the team was 2004, when he threw for 2632 yards with 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, along with a career best 69.3 completion percentage.
Shaun King (4064)-Shaun King played most of his career with the Bucs' franchise, from 1999 to 2003 and ranks eighth in team history with 4064 yards passing. King had his best year with the team in 2000, with career highs in yards (2769) and TD passes (18) with 13 picks.
Jeff Garcia (3464)-Jeff Garcia never seems to get the respect he deserves, but he seems to win big games just about everywhere he plays. Garcia has been with the Bucs since 2007 and is currently their starter in 2008. He ranks ninth in Bucs' history with 3464 yards passing but is sure to climb up a few notches. In 2007, Garcia started 13 games and passed for 2440 yards with 13 touchdowns and 4 interceptions, earning a trip to the Pro Bowl.
Jack Thompson (3243)-Jack Thompson played just two seasons in Tampa, 1983 and 1984 and had an abysmal 3-13 record as a starter. Thompson does rank tenth in franchise history in passing yards with 3243, and his best season was 1983. That year, despite 21 interceptions, Thompson threw for career highs in yards (2906) and TD passes (18).
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