Since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers first started play, in 1976 there has been only two receivers to play in atleast 100 career games for the franchise. The first being Gerald Carter from 1981-1987 – ranks second on the list with an even 100 career games, however the receiver that sits atop the list all alone is Karl Williams, an undrafted player in 1996 out of Texas A&M Kingsville Williams played in 115 career games from 1996-2003 for the Bucs.
Williams claim to fame was his punt return abilities evident by his 10.1 yard average on 255 returns for a total of 2,565 yards and 5 touchdowns. He did manage to catch atleast 2 passes in every season he was on the roster in Tampa and finished his career as a Buccaneer with 137 receptions for 1,700 yards and 7 touchdowns as a receiver.
Carter on the other hand was a 9th round pick out of Texas A&M in the 1980 draft and finished his career with 239 receptions for 3,443 yards and 17 touchdowns over his seven years with the Bucs. Yes, even though he was drafted by the Bucs in 1980 he did not make the roster and was signed by he Jets and appeared in three games with them before returning to the Bucs in 1981.
Now there’s another receiver on the roster that should he play in all 16 games in 2010 he would be the third receiver in franchise history to top the 100 career games mark. Well that special player in every fans heart. Is none other then iconic blocking icon Michael Clayton, he’s diffidently an enigma, but for all the wrong reasons. Just imagine for a second a player the distinction of Clayton might be writing history in 2010.
What’s even more perplexing is the fact, that should Clayton make the roster this season and play in all sixteen games he could also climb in to the top ten in career receptions and top 7 in career receiving yards.
Just the though of a player who has done relatively nothing for the franchise in recent memory, now quite possibly could be embarking on a season that could change the history of the franchise for the foreseeable future is sickening.