Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ All-Time Rushing Yardage Leaders
The Tampa Bay Bucs have been an NFL franchise since 1976, when they entered the league as an expansion team along with the Seattle Seahawks. The Bucs have made it to exactly one Super Bowl, in 2002, which they won over the Oakland Raiders. And while the franchise has lost over 100 more games than it has won, they still have fielded some great players over the years. Here is a list of the team’s all-time Top 10 in rushing yards:
James Wilder (5957)—James Wilder played just about his entire career in Tampa, from 1981 to 1989, and is the team’s all-time leading rusher with 5957 yards. Wilder was used as a fullback his first few seasons, but when he became the Bucs’ primary running back in 1984, his numbers spiked. That 1984 season was his best, as Wilder made the Pro Bowl by rushing for career highs in yards (1544) and rushing touchdowns (13), adding an astounding 85 catches for 685 yards as a receiver. Wilder’s 2229 yards from scrimmage that year rank 14th in NFL history for a single season.
Mike Alstott (5088)—Bruising fullback Mike Alstott played his entire career in Tampa, from 1996 to 2006, making the Pro Bowl every season from 1997 to 2002, including three times as first team All Pro. Alstott was a great blocker but put up nice numbers running the ball too, and ranks second in Bucs’ history with 5088 rushing yards. His best season was 1999, when Alstott had a career high 949 yards with 7 rushing scores, adding 27 catches for 239 yards and 2 more TDs out of the backfield.
Warrick Dunn (4986)—Warrick Dunn began his career with the Bucs in 1997 and played there until 2001. He went to Atlanta for a six seasons and then returned to Tampa in 2008 as part of a running back by committee with Cadillac Williams and Earnest Graham. Dunn ranks third in franchise history with 4986 rushing yards, and his best season in Tampa was in 2000. That year, Dunn made the Pro Bowl by rushing for 1133 yards and 8 rushing TDs, adding 44 receptions for 422 yards and one more touchdown as well.
Michael Pittman (3362)—Michael Pittman isn’t technically a fullback, but is a big, pounding back similar to Alstott, and played in Tampa from 2002 to 2007. Alstott ranks fourth in Bucs’ history with 3362 rushing yards, and had his best season in Tampa in 2004. That year, Pittman rushed for career highs in yards (926) and rushing touchdowns (7), with 41 catches for another 391 yards and 3 more scores as a receiver.
Reggie Cobb (3061)—Reggie Cobb played just four seasons for the Bucs, from 1990 to 1993, but ranks fifth in team history with 3061 rushing yards. Cobb’s best season was 1992, when he notched career high numbers in rushing yards (1171) and rushing TDs (9), and also catching 21 passes for 156 yards.
Ricky Bell (3057)—Ricky Bell was one of the earliest Buccaneers, playing in Tampa from 1977 to 1981. Bell ranks sixth in franchise history with 3057 rushing yards, and his best season was 1979, with career highs in yards (1263) and rushing scores (7), adding 25 receptions for 248 yards and 2 more touchdowns out of the backfield. That was also the year the Bucs made the playoffs for the first time, going all the way to the NFC Championship game before losing to the Rams, 9-0.
Errict Rhett (2853)—Errict Rhett played most of his career with the Bucs, from 1994 to 1997, and ranks seventh in their history with 2853 rushing yards. Rhett’s best season was 1995, when he had career highs in rushing yards (1207) and rushing touchdowns (11), while adding 14 catches for 110 yards as a receiver.
Cadillac Williams (2417)—Carnell “Cadillac” Williams has been with the Bucs since 2005, coming from an amazing college backfield at Auburn that also featured Miami’s Ronnie Brown. Williams has been hampered by injury recently, but he still ranks eighth in Bucs’ history with 2417 rushing yards. His rookie year was Williams’ best season so far, rushing for career best numbers in yards (1178) and TDs (6), while catching 20 passes for 81 yards as well.
Jerry Eckwood (1845)—Jerry Eckwood played just three seasons in the NFL, all with the Buccaneers, from 1979 to 1981. Eckwood ranks ninth in team history with 1845 yards rushing, and his best season was 1980, when he had a career high 979 yards from scrimmage and 3 total touchdowns (504 yards rushing and career best 47 catches for 475 receiving yards). But Eckwood’s career high in rushing was 690 yards in 1979.
Earnest Graham (1676)—Earnest Graham was mostly a backup his first few seasons (he came into the league in 2004), but when Williams went down with an injury in 2007, Graham became the starter and did a great job. Graham ranks tenth in franchise history with 1676 rushing yards, and 2007 was his best season. That year, Graham rushed for career highs in yards (898) and rushing touchdowns (10), adding 49 catches for 324 more yards.