Every season, every team has that one player, that no one acknowledges for his contributions to the teams success. That being said not many Bucs are recognized among the all time league greats, sure the fan-base remember Alstott, and Galloway but that being said not everyone does. Lets take a dive into Buccaneer history and decide who was forgotten or underrated.
5. Doug WIlliams. Now I know some will be disagreeing saying Doug is often talked about. Well sure Doug Williams is remembered, as a Redskin. Winning the Big Game as a 'Skin is probably Doug's greatest impression he left on the league, but as a Buc he turned a doomed franchise around. Before Williams came to Tampa in their third season Tampa had a combined record of 2-26 the worst two year record in history. He quickly had them in the NFC Championship game in his second season. Williams should be known forever as he man who brought the Bucs to salvation along with Selmon.
4. Paul Gruber. Obviously Gruber is on the list. As offensive lineman aren't particularly remembered for true NFL play-makers Paul could be an exception. He might be one of key players as Tampa had a lowly time throughout most of the 1980's and 1990's. Gruber stayed throughout. At the end of the 90's he saw the rise of the Bucs. Sadly Grubers career fell short as a leg injury ultimately ended his career.
3. Jimmie Giles. Like Gruber and Williams, Giles was a bright-spot on a disastrous Buccaneer team, but it wasn't his fault. As a Tight End back in the day when Tight Ends weren't as used as today. Even in the 1982 season of only nine games, Giles led the team in receiving yards, unheard of back then. Really a true lone-spot on the Buccaneer offense.
2. Shelton Quarles. Sure Quarles has no stat breaking seasons, no crazy stats, wasn't on a lowlife team, but he was a key part often forgot when talking about the 2002 super bowl season. A true role player, just seemed to come up with the right plays at the right times. Developing the Monte Kiffin Tampa 2 defense he was always a reliable player. Quarles should be brought up more often when discussing the '02 Bowl team.
1. Hardy Nickerson. Ah a fan favorite, often forgot. As no one seems to remember the early 90's Bucs seasons. Nickerson had hard hitting and was all over the field, even having 200 tackles in his first Bucs season. Really being a true great. Just listen to his name Hardy Nickerson, ah just sounds intimidating. It's sad Nickerson left before the Super Bowl season, imagine him with Brooks, Lynch and others for even more years.
I Know I missed some but please give me feedback.