From 100 to 1: 43 Years of Buccaneers Football by the Numbers

The National Football League will be celebrating its 100th season this fall, with historic rivals Chicago and Green Bay kicking things off on September 5th. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have their own 43-season subset of that history so far, rich with memorable moments including, of course, victory in Super Bowl XXXVII. To celebrate the NFL's benchmark campaign and to get ready for Tampa Bay's 44th season, we're conducting our own Buccaneers 100-to-1 Countdown.

For each number, we've identified an important moment, accomplishment, play or player in franchise history. Today, we count down from 100 to 81. Highlights include the first kickoff return touchdown in team history, a retired jersey number and perhaps the most memorable play in team annals.

100. Total games played as a Buccaneer by cornerback Mike Washington, who started in the franchise's first-ever game in 1976 and then became the first player in team history to reach 100 games played on the opening day of the 1984 season

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99. One of three jersey numbers officially retired by the franchise, last worn by seven-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Warren Sapp, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2013

98. Length, in yards, of the longest touchdown of any kind in Buccaneers history, on an interception return by Shelton Quarles against Green Bay on Oct. 7, 2001

97. Length, in yards, of the interception return for a touchdown by Derrick Brooks in Baltimore on Sept. 15, 2002, a play that came with less than two minutes left in the game to seal just the second shutout road win in team annals (at the time), and also gave Jon Gruden his first win as the Bucs' head coach

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96. Number of regular-season games the Buccaneers played with Ring of Honor member Tony Dungy on the sideline as their head coach, as Dungy compiled a 54-42 record (56.3%) for the best winning percentage by a head coach in franchise history

95. Length, in yards, of Vincent Jackson's reception against New Orleans on Oct. 21, 2012, a catch that remains the longest offensive play in team history

94. Number of return yards on a pair of pick-sixes by Dwight Smith in Super Bowl XXXVII, as Smith became the first (and still only) player in Super Bowl history to record two interception-return touchdowns in the same game

93. Length, in yards, of each of the Buccaneers' first two scoring drives in a 19-7 win over Chicago on Oct. 24, 2004 – one ending in a 22-yard field goal by Martin Gramatica, the other in a six-yard touchdown pass from Brian Griese to Michael Clayton – marking the only time in franchise history the team has put together two scoring drives of 90 or more yards in the same game

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92. Length, in yards, of the legendary pick-six recorded by Ronde Barber to seal the 2002 NFC Championship Game in Philadelphia, a victory that shut down the Vet and sent the Buccaneers to Super Bowl XXXVII

91. Number of offensive plays run by Tampa Bay against Green Bay on Sept. 30, 1984, the most in a single game in team annals, the last of which was an eight-yard completion by Steve DeBerg to Kevin House to set up Obed Ariri's 48-yard game-winning field goal in overtime of a 30-27 decision

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90. Length, in yards, of the kickoff return for a touchdown by Micheal Spurlock against Atlanta on Dec. 16, 2007 that was the first in franchise history to go the distance after 1,864 previous kickoff returns over 32 seasons that infamously did not result in touchdowns

89. Length, in yards of Willie Drewrey's touchdown catch against Atlanta on Dec. 2, 1990, on a pass from Vinny Testaverde that remains the longest offensive scoring play in team annals

88. Touchdown passes thrown by Jameis Winston over his first four NFL campaigns, a career record for Buccaneer quarterbacks

87. Exact number of regular-season games played and started by Simeon Rice as a Buccaneer, who had 69.5 sacks in those contests from 2001-06, third-most by any NFL player in that span

86. Receptions by wide receiver Mark Carrier in 1989, as he became the first Pro Bowl receiver in franchise history and set a single-season record of 1,422 receiving yards that stood for nearly three decades before it was finally broken by Mike Evans (1,524) last year

85. Receptions recorded by James Wilder in 1984, still the most in a single season by a Buccaneers running back and, amazingly, recorded in the same campaign in which Wilder set the franchise single-season record with 407 carries

84. Length, in yards, of the longest run in franchise history, recorded by Doug Martin at Philadelphia on Nov. 22, 2015 during a 45-17 Buccaneer victory

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83. Length, in yards, of the clutch kickoff return by Clifton Smith in the fourth quarter of the Buccaneers' 38-28 upset of Green Bay on Nov. 8, 2009, as Smith's runback set up the go-ahead touchdown pass from Josh Freeman to Kellen Winslow, allowing an 0-8 Tampa Bay team to defeat a playoff-bound Packers squad

82. The overall pick in the 1993 draft in which the Buccaneers drafted future star safety John Lynch, who was available late in the third round because he was also a promising pitcher in the then-Florida Marlins' nascent farm system

81. Length, in yards, of the interception return for a touchdown by safety Cedric Brown on Nov. 22, 1981, starting a barrage of scoring that led to a 37-3 victory over Green Bay and marked the first time the Buccaneers had beaten an opponent by 30 or more points; the game started a 4-1 stretch run that put the Bucs in the playoffs for the second time in franchise history

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