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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

What they're wearing: Surveying Bucs jerseys in the stands ...



It's not exactly scientific, of course, but it's annual rite of Bucs preseason practice: walking a lap through the crowd and jotting down all the jerseys worn by Bucs fans in the stands.

It probably isn't hard for you to guess which player has the most jerseys in the Bucs crowd. But pause before you read on, and guess how many Winstons there were in that 100, and which players you think were next on the list.

(Break here to help facilitate you not reading the answer before formulating a well-reasoned guess.)

Winston had 45 of those jerseys, more than double his closest teammate, which reinforces the whole "face of the franchise" aspect of his rise to prominence after only one NFL season. Next most popular? I counted 18 of Doug Martin's No. 22, just ahead of 17 fans wearing Mike Evans' No. 13. Then 10 Lavonte Davids and seven Vincent Jacksons, with two fans wearing rookie Vernon Hargreaves and just a single fan wearing Gerald McCoy's No. 93 jersey.

Last year, I wrote down 50 jerseys in early August, and Winston had 18 then (which translates to 36 percent), with Martin getting seven and Jackson and Evans five each. So the only major change since last year -- easily dismissed as the randomness of a small sample -- is a few more Davids or fewer Jacksons.

It's always amusing to also chart which former Bucs players have the best legacy in the stands with old-school jerseys still being worn. To no surprise, I counted nine Mike Alstotts, with four John Lynches as the only other former Bucs with more than one jersey. The wonderful parade of former Bucs with a single jersey: Warrick Dunn, Ronde Barber, Derrick Brooks, Keyshawn Johnson, Warren Sapp, Joe Jurevicius (!), LeGarrette Blount (!), Josh Freeman (!!) and Mike Williams (!!!).

Now, back to the regularly scheduled polling already in place. ...

[Last modified: Saturday, July 30, 2016 12:41pm]


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