‘The Winning Combination’: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Join New Orleans Saints, Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns With Their Own LSU Connection

Published 05/15/2022, 3:53 PM EDT
Feb 7, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates during the fourth quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports| Courtesy: Reuters

NFL franchise Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been among the few teams with former LSU Tigers players and have enjoyed success. While talking about the Tigers alumni in Tampa Bay, there are a few names NFL fans recognize, like Leonard Fournette, Devin White, Russell Gage, and Andre Anthony. While both Fournette and White have been instrumental in the franchise’s success in the past, Gage and Anthony know all about the expectations.

The fact came to notice during Andre Anthony’s media interaction following his 7th-round draft selection by the Buccaneers. The former LSU OLB will take part in a rookie mini-camp and adds more depth in the position for the Bucs in the upcoming season.

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Anthony will come in after an impressive senior year in 2020 and while recovering from a torn ACL injury early on last college season.

During his introductory presser, while talking about the affinity for LSU players, Anthony states, “Oh, real exciting. Devin’s been great here as well as he’s been at LSU, and you got Leonard, and you got Russell Gage, you still got Cyril. So you got some LSU guys that I have been around, so I know well, so it’s good to be around, you know. It’s good to be around people that you know that can kind of give you a heads-up of what to expect and things like that…

The LSU connection extends beyond the Tampa Bay Buccaneers franchise

Apart from the Buccaneers, there have been other franchisees who have been recipients of standout LSU players. The New Orleans Saints also have notable LSU alumni like WR Jarvis Landry and safety Tyrann Mathieu currently on their roster. While Mathieu has been a former Super Bowl champion, Landry has performed over multiple seasons in the league.

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The Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns also have or used to have players like Joe Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase, and Odell Beckham Jr as some of the notable names on their rosters. The LSU Tigers developmental system seems to churn some of the stars of the future and continuing the NFL-LSU tradition.

It is a testament to the work that the collegiate scene helps and aids the growth of all these young players. They help in developing all those players into superstars.

Dec 26, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette (28) runs the ball against Detroit Lions outside linebacker Jahlani Tavai (51) during the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports|Reuters

In the 2022 NFL campaign, it will be the Buccaneers who will enjoy having LSU talents in multiple positions. Some fans in Tampa Bay will keep a close eye on Anthony as he might enjoy breaking through in 2022.

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Anuj Tazhatuveetil

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An NFL author at EssentiallySports, Anuj Tazhatuveetil is pursuing a Master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Initially, he worked as a freelance content writer and later as a part of Sports404. An unquenchable thirst to learn about all things NFL and NBA, adding to a rather healthy obsession with playing outdoor sports like basketball, and soccer with an almost encyclopedic knowledge of this industry make him a sports aficionado.

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