Tristan Wirfs The New “One Man Gang”

December 21st, 2020

One reason Joe sometimes references 1980s wrestlers is that the “sport” had such great, hilarious characters.

One such guy was a heel who went by the handle of “One Man Gang.” As the name implied, he could take down more than one man.

So watching a clip of sensational Bucs rookie right tackle Tristan Wirfs, the first thing that came to Joe’s mind was Wirfs is a one-man gang.

On a pass play yesterday, Wirfs took out two pass rushers. OK, that’s not really that rare. You probably see that once or twice a game.

But a tackle taking out pass rushers coming from both the right side and the left side? That’s like a one-man offensive line. But that’s what Wirfs did.

The clip of Wirfs below is both just awesome and hilarious. Joe laughed for a good five minutes. It’s like something you see out of a Bruce Lee or John Wayne movie. Only this was a football field. And real life.

Just like Ryan Succop has made place kicking boring again (thankfully!), Wirfs makes watching blocking fun again, too.

36 Responses to “Tristan Wirfs The New “One Man Gang””

  1. Chipbuc Says:

    Looked like something out of the movie water boy!!!! Momma said.

  2. Steven007 Says:

    Those are special plays and very uncommon from a rookie. This guy is a keeper and has proven to be a great pick. Better than I expected to be honest.

  3. Bucamania Says:


  4. CalBucsFan Says:

    Great clip Joe! Too bad Marpet couldn’t have been quick enough to do the same, then TB wouldn’t have gotten popped.

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    You usually can’t go wrong picking a Olineman high in round 1 and we didn’t here…..
    This draft was a winner with Wirfs & Winfield….and as a bonus we get Vaughn & Johnson.

  6. '79 Defense Says:

    That’s hilarious! Wirfs really took care of business.

    –Now you got me thinking, Joe…. Nothing beat wrestling from the late 70s and early 80s on television with Gordon Solie. And the Andy Kaufman/Jerry Lawler feud that made it to David Letterman is such a classic.

  7. stpetebucsfan Says:

    He is an artist at tackle. Some guys play with great form, do the job very well, some guys lack Sapp play with natural talent and feel…and some guys have it all…they are the games artists. Not only technically sound but possessing a special feel for the game of football.

    Clearly Wirfs was the kid you always selected first when lining up on the playground.

    Gawd am I getting old!!! Does choosing sides up on a playground even happen anymore? The best kid I played against on the playground ended up starring for the Notre Dame basketball team. I suspect that’s rare now days since he was clearly a star he would have been on some “AAU travelling” team for a shoe company not playing with his friends on the playground.

  8. bucfanforever Says:

    Yet Brady stills gets hit as the three in the middle kinda loaf as Brady gets outside.

  9. PSL Bob Says:

    That’s awesome! Talking about not stopping on the play.

  10. My Momma Says:

    “Chipbuc Says:
    December 21st, 2020 at 11:21 am
    “Looked like something out of the movie water boy!!!! Momma said.”


  11. Buc Bro Says:

    Wirfs is Licht’s best draft pick since Mike Evans

  12. SlyPirate Says:

    Have Bucs fans ever loved a OL this much? Wirfs deserves a nickname.

    iHop = Serving up pancakes

  13. Joe Says:

    Wirfs is Licht’s best draft pick since Mike Evans

    No doubt!

  14. Joe in Michigan Says:

    I try not to get too excited about rookies (a friend of mine who is an Alabama fan says Tua is going to one of the best ever, I ask him how many games he’s played in the NFL so far), but Wirfs is good.

    SPBF: Who did you play against from ND? Notre Dame is about 40 miles from where I live.

  15. rrsrq Says:

    Was that Grady Jarret he took out, wow

  16. zzbuc Says:

    Wirfs nickname should be the Mailman….He delivers always

  17. Pewter Power Says:

    Dude was coming right at him of course he hit em, should he have pulled a Donovan Smith and let him pass by because he was done blocking his own man?

  18. Buczilla Says:

    LOL, this kid is really good already.

  19. Gofortheface30 Says:

    I never thought we could have our own Quentin Nelson type player as far as dominance. Tristan Wirfs, it is a damn privilege to have you on the team sir. Yeah I think we don’t need to worry about RT for the next 15 years

  20. Sourbob Says:


  21. Beeej Says:

    Tampabaybucfan Says:
    December 21st, 2020 at 11:29 am
    You usually can’t go wrong picking a Olineman high in round 1 and we didn’t here…..
    This draft was a winner with Wirfs & Winfield….and as a bonus we get Vaughn & Johnson.

  22. bojim Says:

    Did we get the right guy or what? So impressed.

  23. Beeej Says:

    Hmm, Booker Reese was sposed be in there

  24. Cobraboy Says:

    Wirfs will have *zero* issues Switching to LT if required or asked. And he would be excellent.

  25. Dbbuc Says:

    That was hilarious lol

  26. adam from ny Says:

    wirfs never wiffs

  27. Doug Says:

    Move him over to left tackle

  28. Seemore Bucs Says:

    And since he is the One Man Gang, here’s hoping he gets at least one World Championship (the UWF when it really meant something) like George Gray did. We should also start calling him “Moon”, the nickname Gang’s late, great manager Gary Hart often referred to him as. We can just forget about the Akeem “The African Dream” years in WWF/E thanks to the racially tone deaf Vince McMahon.

  29. Duane Says:

    Wirfs has been solid. I would not move him from a position he clearly can handle. Im satisfied with the way the line has played. Of course, the play and personnel can always improve. If D.Smith is the weak link, find a guy who is better, is as cost effective, and rarely misses games. If you move Wirfs to solve a LT problem, you now have a RT issue.

  30. GhostofSchiano Says:

    @Joe. We could sure use a pair of hawk and animal road warrior types on defense. Maybe a four horseman D-line, Suh being double “A” naturally.

  31. stpetebucsfan Says:


    I played with Bob Arnzen. I should say I was on the court with him he was a big guy I was a tiny guard. He played forward I believe at Notre Dame in the late 60’s. Are you that old? LMAO

  32. IrishMist Says:

    I guess we don’t need Smith. Wirfs is so good, he can play R tackle AND left tackle.

  33. catcard202 Says:

    Wirfs is showing that if you scout & draft well…Rookie OL can handle starting roles on winning teams, straight out the gate…And this is a deep OL draft class at LT & C.

  34. Ghost of Darrell Henderson Says:

    The Bucs just got lucky with Wirfs, he was the 4th tackle drafted. He was a freaking beast at the combine though.

    Maybe, next draft they will luck into Leatherwood, LT from Alabama. A true beast also.

  35. Cobraboy Says:

    @Duane: RT’s are infinitely easier to fill with a solid player than LT.

    Unless you have a lefty at QB.

  36. Joe in Michigan Says:

    SPBF: I’m 55 years old. I was hoping it was Adrian Dantley or John Shumate, a few big names from ND when I was a kid. I’ve never liked Notre Dame, Southern Cal is my college team, which lead me to becoming a Bucs fan (John McKay and all of the USC players on the Buccaneers in the early years).