From 1976 -1986 the jersey number 93 never surfaced in a regular season game on a defensive player, for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A span of eleven years went by before the number 93 was ever worn. However, the first player ever to dun number 93 was tight end Mark Witte an 11th round draft pick in 1983 out of North Texas State.
Year by year history of jersey number 93:
1983 – Mark Witte TE North Texas State – 11th round pick in 1983 played in 48 games with 2 starts wore 93 early in his rookie year, then switched to 85. Was a special team’s demon with 68 tackles in three seasons (19, 1983, 25, 1984, 24, 1985).
1987 – Dan Sileo DT Miami – drafted in the 1987 supplemental draft with a third round pick, played in 10 games. Sileo was credited with 14 tackles and was subsequently cut during training camp in 1988. Currently a radio host on WDAE 620 Sports Animal radio.
1990 – Benji Roland DE – a free agent acquisition in 1990, due to injuries along the defensive line, played collegiately at Aubrun played in 3 games with 1 start and amassed 3 tackles. Was signed by the Atlanta Falcons as a Plan B free agent, in 1991.
1993 – Demetrius DuBose LB Notre Dame – second round pick in the 1993 NFL draft DuBose was the primary backup for Hardy Nickerson,. He played in 60 games with 5 starts and was credited with 63 tackles and a ½ sack. He left in 1997 as he signed on with the Jets a free agent.
2002 Devone Claybrooks DT East Carolina – signed as a free agent in 2002, played in 2 games with 0 starts amassed 7 tackles, but was cut in training camp in 2003.
2004 – Josh Savage DE Utah – signed as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2004 played in 6 games with 0 starts and was credited with 2 tackles was cut during training camp in 2005.
2006 – Charles Bennett DE Clemson –Was a 7th round pick 2006 cut as a rookie, signed to practice squad then the active roster later that year. Played in 3 games with 0 starts and amassed two tackles, injured before the start of the 2007 season and placed on IR, cut during training camp of 2008.
2007 – Kevin Carter DE Florida – Free agent signee in 2007 from the Dolphins started 30 of the 32 games played in, recorded his 100 career sack as a Buc credited with 137 total tackles and 7 sacks during his two-year stint as a Buc.
2009 – Roy Miller DT Texas – 3rd round pick in 2009, only start in a game came against the New York Jets as part of a 5-2-4 defensive alignment. Played in 15 games with the lone start and credited with 54 tackles and 2 sacks.
With Roy Miller giving fellow Big 12 foe Gerald McCoy jersey number 93. It stands to reason, that if McCoy can stay healthy and live up to the lofty expectations of being the 3rd overall selection in the 2010 draft. He could quite possible be the first player in the franchises history to star in the number.