When Shaq Became King

December 30th, 2019

Need 20 to beat him.

The Bucs have a new sack king.

It happened yesterday when Shaq Barrett, previously a part-time player on a losing team, exploded with Todd Bowles’ defense and dropped Dixie Chicks quarterback Matty Ice three times for a new Bucs season record.

Barrett entered the game with 16.5 sacks, tied with Bucs icon and Hall of Famer Warren Sapp. In recent days, Sapp reached out to Barrett to encourage him to keep going.

When Barrett broke the record yesterday as the defense came off the field, who was waiting for him with open arms on the sidelines? No. 99, that’s who.

Relieve the historic moment as Buccaneers.com got it all on video, including Barrett’s reaction while on the bench afterward.

Shaq is the new sack king and finished the season leading the NFL with 19.5 sacks.

All hail the king!

43 Responses to “When Shaq Became King”

  1. adam from ny Says:

    omg the season is over…there’s nothing left to talk bout

  2. adam from ny Says:

    honestly bruce arians has to be considering the thought:

    “could i have won more games with fitzie this year than with jameis?”

  3. Robert Says:

    No quit in this dog!

    He fought every play I saw, mad props!

  4. Frank Menendez Says:

    I still find Sapp’s accomplishment superior. It was a different era of football, and it’s easier to get sacks in this defense as a backer, than it is a DT. See how few DTs (other than Aaron Donald) have double digit sack numbers.

  5. Tackleblockwin Says:

    King Shaqasackalicious!

  6. Sport Says:

    Great work Shaq!

    I’m guessing the franchise tag at worst, however I’m hoping we pick him up long term.

    This should make Shill Joe feel a little better about not getting Josh Allen.

    In BA I Trust!

  7. Buczilla Says:

    So cool, pay this dude yesterday.

  8. Joe in Michigan Says:

    I’m glad he got it, and was glad to see Sapp was cool about it.

  9. Craig Says:

    It is a record that is going to stand for a long time, congrats for it.

    I have decided that I am actually quite happy with some of the first year of BA’s rule. I expected a not more than 4-12 season. 7-9 isn’t that bad, considering the roller coaster of Jameis.

  10. D-Rome Says:

    Probably my favorite Bucs story of the year.

  11. Robert Says:

    pay the man, he earns it. probably won more games this year through his motor and spreading that throughout the defense than the highest paid guy on the team.

  12. AlteredEgo Say: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Happy for him… still scratching my head how Denver didn’t recognize his potential….I’m confident he’ll be a Buc next year!

  13. Bucnjim Says:

    Can you pay these defensive guys and get better on that side of the ball and still give Winston $25 or $30 Million? Tough decision but the whole weapons for Winston idea was a failure. The concept was flawed from the start thinking you could spend 70% of your cap space on offense and neglect the D to the point of patching a water leak with duct tape is laughable.

  14. TheBucsAnthem Says:


    He gonna get paid JJ WATT MONEY SON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Bucsfanman Says:

    Well-earned and just a great story. Congrats young man!

    Um, hello Bucs management. You MUST pay this man!

  16. Locked In Says:

    Class guy, I am happy for him. I never dreamed a Buccaneer would have 19.5 sacks in a season! Wow! You have to give props that they signed this guy in FA! Defense is looking UP!

  17. PSL Bob Says:

    Watched Fitzpatrick beat the Pats yesterday, in Foxboro no less. His supporting cast is nowhere near what Jameis has to work with. Wonder if Fitz could provide a bridge to JW’s eventual replacement?

  18. #1bucfan Says:

    Sorry bob we had Fitz with most of the same weapon an he still lost of games Fitz isn’t the answer plz people stop calling for Fitz.

  19. Show me the TDs Says:

    Yeah…I read this yesterday on JBF.

  20. Dewey Selmon Says:

    #1 bucfan, Fitz didn’t have this defense.

  21. Mike Johnson Says:

    Tremendous accomplishment. Nothin but hard work on his and the D line part.
    Now, you gotta pay the man Bucs or..Somebody else will.

  22. bojim Says:

    adam from ny Says:
    December 30th, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    omg the season is over…there’s nothing left to talk bout

    Bye. We don’t expect to hear from you till next season.

  23. Buccfan37 Says:

    There will be a lot of pressure on Barrett to match this year’s result on the field next year. Maintaining the other core line star players is important to the effort. Sapp reflects fan approval of a job well done by Shaq.

  24. J Says:


  25. J Says:

    Asking him to live up to the same production isn’t out of the question. After this seasons play and looking at next years schedule I’d say he’s a 15+ sack player for sure, so pay him.

  26. BrianBucs Says:

    Pay. The. Man.

  27. Ndog Says:

    I love how people act like this defense has been average (which is all they have proved to be) all year. And BTW who was playing WR for us the last two games? Yes the defense was great against the Seahawks giving up 40, and the Giants giving up 32 and the Saints giving up 31 and we all forget about how Jameis overcame the trash defense and beat the Rams in spite of the defense. But let’s not let the facts get in the way of your blind hate.

  28. Ndog Says:

    Also according to most of the idiots on here who cares about Shaq’s stats cause he didn’t win did he?

    Remember guys stats are for losers right, right? If you don’t win there all meaningless garbage time stats. That’s what I have read about our QB for five years, so why would it be different for every other player?

  29. DaBux Says:

    We had best pay this man or we will lose a buttload of fans. My God our defense is becoming FEARSOME!

  30. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    I love how Ndog loves interceptions. If Donovan Smith gave up 30 sacks, Ndog would love him too. 30 drops for Mike Evans? Cool, no problem. What if Ronald Jones had 2000 rushing yards and 15 fumbles? Cool. 2000 yards is awesome, forget the fumbles🤦‍♂️ Is it cool for Davis to lead the league in INTs and TDs given up? How many picks would Winston have to have for it to be too much for you? Really curious. How many?

  31. Ndog Says:

    Actually in Adrian Petersons record breaking rushing year he also lead the league in fumbles. Not ironically when you are asked to carry an entire team you sometimes get extremes in both ways.

  32. Ndog Says:

    Guys try as you might you are not going to win with me and the simple reason is I am correct. Jameis may or may not be back, but he will go somewhere and he will be successful. Only time will tell but until then I will continue to speak the truth. If he leaves then he’s gone see ya cause is no longer a Buc, but don’t be surprised when he does well elsewhere and we are still sitting here looking for a QB. I am a Bucs fan first and foremost but I just hate to see what is happening to this kid who has done nothing but work his butt of, be a great teammate and do all he can to help this team win. No excuses but let me ask you one question. How many guys do you know that are out of the playoffs, coming off of back to back 450 yard 4 TD games, is about to be a free agent, has a broken thumb and STILL plays the next two games with everything to lose and nothing to gain without his #1, 2 and 4 WRs?

    Yet some on here are calling himself selfish, calling him names and just being idiots. Are you serious? All he wants to do is win and EVERYTHING has sucked around accept Mike Evans since he walked in the door yet it’s all his fault. Really?!?!?

  33. DislocatedBucsFan Says:

    Shaq probably wouldn’t have gotten there without Jameis’s help. NDOG, why are you so bias as to not even criticize his miscomings? I don’t care who is at QB. As long as they do not jeopardize the chance to win football games. Jameis continually jeopardizes chances to win. Sure the kid could tear it up. He’s got a cannon of an arm and at times is very accurate. But the aforementioned does not make up for his turnovers. both interceptions and fumbles. He’s shown over five years that he cannot be consistently successful. No defense can bail you out with 2+ turnovers let alone 3 or 4 every game.

  34. DislocatedBucsFan Says:

    I agree with you on a few things. Jameis is not selfish and has unparalleled work ethic. But his work ethic has not improved his performance. To me it seems to be an intellectual issue. His decision making skills are flawed.

  35. Thisisouryear!!! Says:

    I think N-dog is really joe in disguise. Blind lovers of America’s QB probowler Jameis. Can’t see the reason Winston had the yards and TDs is because he had the best pair of receivers in the game. Blind to the fact America’s poster boy gives the ball away over double the average qb over the last 5 years. Keep believing you two!!!

  36. Thisisouryear!!! Says:

    We need Shaq and JPP back!!!

  37. Joe Says:

    Yeah…I read this yesterday on JBF.

    No you didn’t. Because it wasn’t on the site yesterday. The video wasn’t published until today.

  38. Steven007 Says:

    Nice job hijacking the thread Ndog. Can we have a few articles not about JW actually have comments pertaining to the subject? I agree with a couple of the other regulars who stated that you were far more cogent before obsessing over this subject.

  39. 1sparkybuc Says:

    We can have a top 10 defense next season if we can keep the front seven in tact. We can be a top 5 offense if we can keep Jameis. A second year in the new system, add an impact RB, and bolster the OL, and we could very well lead the league. A rookie QB sets the team back two or three years. Jameis is going to throw interceptions, but with better protection and a decent ground attack, it will never be 30 again. We waited 40 years for a QB who could move the chains. 71 plays over twenty yards in one season. We’ve never had a QB throw 71 passes over twenty yards in their career with the Bucs. For 40 years I envied any team that had a good offense. This team can score points and move the chains with Jameis. I don’t have another 40 years to wait for the the next Jameis Winston. It looks like we will have a decent defense next season. If Jameis can put up 28 to 30 points each week, we should win more games than we lose. We should be a playoff team. We just can’t lead the league in penalties again.

  40. Rod Munch Says:

    Seems like a really cool guy. I hope we can keep him around, or perhaps use him as part of a big package to get Andrew Luck.

  41. Noles Says:

    You are right maybe a 3-4 DT which is really a 4-3 DE. Sapp was a true 4-3 DT and you never see them w sack totals of 16.5 sacks. He was so disruptive in the run game as well his penetration and get off was UFB…

    NOT THE NICEST fellow but he could flat out play and he gave it his all…

  42. AlteredEgo Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Ndog Says:
    December 30th, 2019 at 8:51 pm
    Also according to most of the idiots on here who cares about Shaq’s stats cause he didn’t win did he?

    Remember guys stats are for losers right, right?
    you are one sick obsessed Puppy !

  43. BucFanDuh Says:

    I agree that this thread should be strictly about Shaquil Barrett’s incredible achievement.. but.. I just wanted to say something. The only reason JW is alone in the 30/30 club.. is because Vinny Testaverde only threw 13 TDs when he threw 35 interceptions in ’88………