Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ All-Time Receiving Yardage Leaders
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The Tampa Bay Bucs have been around since 1976 and while it took the franchise a while to start winning with regularity, they did arrive three decades later, winning the Super Bowl after the 2002 season. Let’s face it, not every franchise can say they’ve ever sniffed a Super Bowl. The Bucs have mostly been a defense/run-first team, which might sound odd considering they play in warm weather, but they have still fielded some great receivers over the years. Here is a list of Tampa’s all-time Top 10 in receiving yards:
Mark Carrier (5018)—Mark Carrier played the first six seasons of his career in Tampa Bay, from 1987 to 1992, and ranks first in team history with 5018 receiving yards. Carrier’s best season was his lone Pro Bowl year of 1989, with career highs in receptions (86), receiving yards (1422) and touchdown catches (9).
Kevin House (4928)—Kevin House played most of his career with the Bucs, from 1980 to 1986, and ranks second in franchise history with 4928 receiving yards. House had a career best 76 catches in 1984, but his best overall season was 1981. That year, House caught 56 passes for career highs in yards (1176) and TDs (9).
Jimmie Giles (4300)—Journeyman tight end Jimmie Giles played nine seasons in Tampa, from 1978 to 1986, and ranks third in Bucs’ history with 4300 receiving yards. Giles made the Pro Bowl four times in a Bucs’ uniform, and his best season with the team was 1981. That year, Giles caught a career best 45 passes for 786 yards (also career high) with 6 touchdown receptions.
Joey Galloway (3912)—Joey Galloway drank from the fountain of youth, having some of the best years of his career with the Bucs, playing in Tampa from 2004 to 2008. Galloway ranks fourth in team history with 3912 receiving yards and he had his best season as a pro in 2005 at the age of 34. That year, Galloway had career highs in receptions (83) and receiving yards (1287) with 10 TD catches.
Keyshawn Johnson (3828)—Keyshawn Johnson only played four seasons with the Bucs, from 2000 to 2003, but was a part of the Super Bowl team in 2002. Johnson ranks fifth in Bucs’ history with 3828 receiving yards, and his best season was his lone Pro Bowl year in Tampa, 2001. That year, despite just one touchdown catch, Johnson had career highs in receptions (106) and receiving yards (1266).
James Wilder (3492)—Running back James Wilder was a versatile player and great receiver as well as a runner. He played for the Bucs most of his career, from 1981 to 1990, and ranks sixth in the team’s history with 3492 receiving yards. Wilder had his best season receiving in 1984, when he made the Pro Bowl with career highs in catches (85) and receiving yards (685). Wilder also had career highs in rushing yards (1544) and rushing scores (13) that season.
Gerald Carter (3443)—Gerald Carter played most of his career in Tampa, from 1981 to 1987, and ranks seventh in franchise history with 3443 receiving yards. Carter had his best season in 1984, with career highs in receptions (60), receiving yards (816) and TD catches (5).
Bruce Hill (2942)—Bruce Hill had a brief NFL career, all with the Bucs, from 1987 to 1991, and ranks eighth in team history with 2942 receiving yards. Hill’s best season was 1988, when he racked up career best numbers in receptions (58), receiving yards (1040) and touchdowns (9).
Lawrence Dawsey (2842)—Lawrence Dawsey played in Tampa most of his career, from 1991 to 1995, and ranks ninth in Bucs’ history with 2842 receiving yards. His rookie season was his best, when Dawsey caught 55 passes for career highs in yardage (818) and TD receptions (3).
Courtney Hawkins (2744)—Courtney Hawkins played the bulk of his career in a Bucs’ uniform, from 1992 to 1996, and ranks tenth in their history with 2744 receiving yards. Hawkins had his best season in 1993, with 62 receptions for career highs in receiving yards (933) and touchdown catches (5).