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Top 5 Running Backs In Bucs History

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Ricky Bell (image not found) totaled 3,057 yards and 16 TDs for the Bucs from 1977-1981. Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images.
Ricky Bell (image not found) totaled 3,057 yards and 16 TDs for the Bucs from 1977-1981. Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images.

5.       Without question the most tragic figure in team history, Ricky Bell’s star had only begun to shine when a rare connective-tissue disease took his life in 1984 at the age of 29. Tampa’s No. 1 pick in 1977 out of Southern California, Bell was the feature back during his four seasons (1977-1980) and was a huge reason why the Bucs made a magical run to the NFC Championship Game in 1979. During his five seasons in Tampa Bay, Bell totaled 3,057 yards and 16 touchdowns.