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Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ All-Time Sack Leaders
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers began play in the NFL in 1976 as an expansion team along with the Seattle Seahawks. And the team was woeful for the first few seasons, but eventually became a contender and then finally won a Super Bowl following the 2002 season, their only appearance in the big game so far. Either way, the Bucs have managed to almost always have a solid defensive unit, and what follows is a short list of the Bucs’ all-time sack leaders, keeping in mind that sacks became an official statistic in 1982:
Warren Sapp (77)—Defensive tackle Warren Sapp played most of his career in Tampa Bay, from 1995 to 2003, and he ranks first in Bucs’ history with 77 sacks. From 1997 to 2003, Sapp made the Pro Bowl each of those years, including four times as a first team All Pro. One of those years was his best, in 2000. That year, Sapp had a career high 16.5 sacks, with one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, 43 tackles and 9 assists.
Simeon Rice (69.5)—Defensive end Simeon Rice played for the Bucs from 2001 to 2006 and ranks second in franchise history with 69.5 sacks. Rice had a career high 16.5 sacks with Arizona in 1999, but his best overall season was perhaps in 2002 while with Tampa. That year, Rice was a first team All Pro, with 15.5 sacks, an interception, 42 tackles, 10 assists and a safety.
Chidi Ahanotu (34.5)—Defensive lineman Chidi Ahanotu played in Tampa for most of his career, from 1993 to 2000 and again in 2004. Ahanotu ranks third in Bucs’ history with 34.5 sacks, and his best season was while playing for Tampa Bay in 1997. That year, Ahanotu had career highs in sacks (10) and tackles (38), with 2 fumble recoveries and 10 assists.
Brad Culpepper (33)—Defensive tackle Brad Culpepper played for the Buccaneers from 1994 until 1999, and he ranks fourth in the team’s history with 33 sacks. Culpepper had arguably his best overall season in 1998, when he had a career high 9 sacks, and added 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 38 tackles and 14 assists.David Logan (28.3)—Nose tackle David Logan played in Tampa most of his career, from 1979 to 1986, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with 28.3 sacks. Yeah, that’s a weird number but the records indicate 4.8 sacks in 1982. Logan had his best season in 1983, when he registered a career high 9.5 sacks, and added a 54-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown.