There is a good chance that if you’ve found this page then you’re playing the Immaculate Grid.
That also means that today’s grid has asked for players that have played for both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Detroit Lions.
And, it also means that you’re probably stuck on this particular box and you’re looking for a little help. Sound about right so far?
Well, good news, you’re in the right place.
I’ve done some research and have found players who played on both the Buccaneers and Lions.
Lomas Brown was known as one of the NFL’s top offensive tackles during his career. Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the first round, 6th overall, in the 1985 NFL Draft out of the University of Florida, Brown played 11 seasons for the Lions, during which he earned Pro Bowl honors seven times and 1st Team All-Pro once.
In addition to the Lions, Brown also had stints with the Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, New York Giants, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was a part of the 2002 Buccaneers team that won the Super Bowl.
Over his 18-year career, Brown was recognized not only for his athleticism but also for his leadership and intelligence on the field. His excellent footwork, combined with his size and strength, made him an effective and durable player, appearing in 263 games in total.
Ndamukong Suh is an NFL defensive tackle known for his dominant presence on the field and his aggressive style of play. He played college football at the University of Nebraska, where he garnered numerous accolades and emerged as one of the most dominant defensive players in the nation.
Selected second overall by the Detroit Lions in the 2010 NFL Draft, Suh made an immediate impact, winning the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award. Throughout his tenure with the Lions, he was consistently recognized as one of the top defensive linemen in the league, earning multiple Pro Bowl and All-Pro selections.
Suh later played for the Dolphins, Rams, Buccaneers, and Eagles. One of the team highlights of his career includes winning Super Bowl LV with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Suh Key Stats
- 1st Team All-Pro (Lions)
- Pro Bowl (Lions, Dolphins)
- Super Bowl Champ (Buccaneers)
Jeff Garcia carved out a notable career in the NFL (and also excelled in the Canadian Football League (CFL)). Starting his professional career in the CFL with the Calgary Stampeders, he won the Grey Cup in 1998.
Garcia then moved to the NFL, spending the most significant part of his career with the San Francisco 49ers (1999–2003), where he earned Pro Bowl honors three times.
Known for his scrambling ability and toughness, Garcia passed for 25,537 yards and 161 touchdowns in the NFL. Despite stints with four other NFL teams, he’s most remembered for his time with the 49ers.
Garcia Key Stats
- Pro Bowl (49ers, Buccaneers)
- 3000+ Yard Passing Season (49ers)
Dan Orlovsky was selected by the Detroit Lions in the 5th round, 145th overall, in the 2005 NFL Draft. He played for 12 seasons in the NFL, spending time with the Lions, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Orlovsky’s career was largely spent as a backup, stepping into starting roles as needed. Perhaps his most substantial playing time came with the Lions during the 2008 season and with the Colts in 2011. In the 2008 season, he started 7 games for the Lions, throwing for 1,616 yards and 8 touchdowns.
Overall, Orlovsky’s career stats include 3,132 passing yards, 15 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. Though never a star in the league, Orlovsky was regarded as a reliable and knowledgeable player who provided depth at the quarterback position. After retiring, he transitioned into a media role, offering his insights as an analyst.
Josh McCown, known for his resilience and adaptability, carved out a noteworthy 17-year career in the NFL – mostly as a reliable backup quarterback.
From his entry into the league with the Arizona Cardinals in 2002, he played for 9 different teams, a few times as the starting QB, but also stepping in and performing effectively whenever called upon when he wasn’t.
He threw for over 17,000 yards and 98 touchdowns, holding a career passer rating of around 80. Particularly impressive stints came with the Chicago Bears in 2013 and the New York Jets in 2017.