Having been a Bucs fan from the very beginning, I have seen my share of blunders. Perhaps a few more than any one single team should have had. But I remain as steadfast a fan as I ever have. I wouldn't trade my early Bucs blooper reels for all the Cowboys Lombardi trophies combined. Why? I am not always sure...
Admittedly, they have been tough to love at times. Their early futility was almost comical. NFL Follies could have just basically let the cameras roll, except they would have created way too much useable footage for even the mighty NFL Films vaults to store. It was a very good thing that John McKay had such a great sense of humor. He most likely needed to draw on it daily.
Oh, and the agony of so many useless drafts. Which brings us to the reason for this post. Who or what could be considered Tampa Bays biggest 1st round drafting flub? Could it be QB Trent Dilfer? He was chosen 6th overall in the 1994 draft. Definitely not one of Sam Wyches greatest achievements. He did eventually win a Superbowl, albeit not with us. Possibly the savory one-two punch delivered in consecutive years (1990-91) by Richard Williamson - DE Keith McCants and OT Charles McRae. Not to be outdone, even by himself, he then traded our future 1991 1st round choice (which ended up being #2 overall) to IND, who used the choice on LB Quentin Coryatt. Disaster.
Let's not forget the dubious "Non Choices" we traded away for a handful of magic beans. Could it be Leemen Bennetts 1986 choice of Bo Jackson, the greatest outfielder never to play for the Bucs. What about John McKays 1979 trade of our 1st Round pick (#4 overall) to CHI for Wally Chambers? What about the 1983 trade with CIN that sent our 1st rounder (#25 overall) used on C Dave Rimington? Just a small footnote - 2 picks later, QB Dan Marino was selected by MIA. Aaargh, the irony! The indignity! The stupidity! Well, it's all water under the bridge now.
This list is beginning to make me light-headed, so let's vote on it, while I lie down for a while.