There have been a lot of NFL greats that have passed through the doors of One Buc Place.
Yesterday we discussed Steve Young and Michael Bennet, and how we let them get away, now, let’s discuss a few more, beginning with Shawn Lee and Reuben Davis. Lee played for the Buccaneers from 1988-89, while Davis played for Tampa Bay from 1988-1992. Both would end up playing alongside each other with the San Diego Chargers and were part of their 1994 Super Bowl team which lost to, of all people, Steve Young and the San Francisco 49ers 49-26. Shawn Lee sadly lost his battle with diabetes at the age of 44, while Davis retired after the 1998 season.
Next up, Doug Williams. Williams was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1978 NFL draft out of Grambling and was a member of the team for 4 seasons. After the 1982 season, Williams moved on to play for the team out of Washington, and would eventually go on to be Super Bowl XXII MVP, trouncing John Elway and the Denver Broncos 42-10. Williams, who is also in the College Football Hall of Fame, was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2005.
It’s honestly kinda depressing reminiscing about what could have been should we have held on to some of these players a bit longer, but I have no ill will towards any of them, regardless of the circumstances surrounding their exit from Tampa Bay. We are building something special in Tampa Bay, and in a little over 3 weeks, everything will begin to come to fruition. Hopefully!