Crushing Bones, Making A Name

January 25th, 2021

Jordan Whitehead

Among the top-20 most embarrassing plays of The Lost Decade was one that helped launch the career of a true Bucs hero in yesterday’s NFC Championship game.

Nearly every Bucs fan saw that embarrassing play. Why? Because the Bucs were undefeated and it happened against the Steelers on Monday Night Football in September of 2018.

It was the play that knocked safety Chris Conte out of football. (You can re-live the video nightmare below.) But the blow to Conte also opened the door for then-rookie Bucs safety Jordan Whitehead.

The hard-hitting Whitehead, who flashed his ferocity that preseason, brought his violent game to the regular season in the second half against Pittsburgh. And he’s been a starter ever since.

Former Bucs defensive coordinator called Whitehead a true sudden player after that game, a real “‘heat-seeking missile” in run defense.

Fast-forward to yesterday, and the nation got to see Whitehead’s old-school style on full display at Lambeau Field. He forced two fumbles, the second from Pro Bowl running back Aaron Jones.

Jones came across the middle and caught an Aaron Rodgers checkdown pass. Whitehead hunted him like a Great White, closing in a blur from nine-yards away. Devin White recovered and rumbled deep into Packers territory, setting up the Bucs taking a 28-10 lead, aka the winning touchdown.

Whitehead, 24, has long been a gets-no-credit kind of guy. He’s not a Pro Bowl-level safety, but he’s certainly part of the Bucs’ elite run defense, and he steadily improves while he continues to be a bone-crushing safety in a league that’s trying to make them extinct.

A hit later in yesterday’s game saw Whitehead crush his own bones; he left with a shoulder injury, and Bucco Bruce Arians gave no definitive update the shoulder today.

Joe’s just feeling extra appreciation for Whitehead today … and throw an assist to Chris Conte.

33 Responses to “Crushing Bones, Making A Name”

  1. SC Bucs Fan Says:

    We need him and Winfield in 2 weeks more than we need Brown. Not sure where Cappa is with his injury.

  2. Robert Says:

    Dude was a wrecking crew yesterday. Hope he is ok because he launched his shoulder into that guys quad. very hard hit. Hope he’s here for KC!

  3. Chuckstutz Says:

    Revis’s cousin. Also from aliquippa pa. !baller.

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    If Winfield was a gametime decision…he’ll be ready….

    I’m not sure which is a worse career-ender…..Conte or Brees…..I think Brees….because nobody knew Conte….

  5. firethecannons Says:

    Glad he is on our team, honestly doesn’t collect alot of penalties for his level of play either

  6. Dew Says:

    Don’t forget our guys get a guaranteed $60,000 for making it to the Super Bowl with a chance at $130,000.

  7. firethecannons Says:

    no more Conte’s ever please Back then Conte epitomized the Bucs team/mindset==bend and break and then lose and then finally offense gets the ball so Jameis can throw to ME in triple or worse coverage and get another interception. all game long.

  8. Buc4evr Says:

    Hope Whitehead and Winfield are ok as we are going to need them both against Mahonnes and Kelsey.

  9. Mitch Says:

    I could be way wrong but I think he separated it. They gotta wait for the swelling to go down to see what his shoulder looks like later this week.

  10. KnoxvilleBuc Says:

    Love to watch Whitehead play. Old school approach and you can tell he is being coached up and learned a lot about the game growing up. Put the helmet on the ball, he can tackle! With him, Winfield, and Edwards. That is a very good and young trio!

  11. AllHailJPP Says:

    Winfield will play..AB will play.. Vita will steamroll that KC line.. hope Jordan is good…and my name here still rings true

  12. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Wiley and Acho were just talking about him on there show.

  13. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Winfield been wearing a brace on his shoulder most of the season too…

  14. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Their show. Lol

  15. Jason Says:

    I like that he doesn’t just go for the big hit, but also wraps up. Who was that db we used to have who kept breaking his forearms on big hits?

  16. ArmchairGM Says:

    @SC Bucs

    Cappa fractured his ankle. That’s a 6-8 week injury before trying to get back into football shape. He won’t be back until next season unfortunately. On the bright side, Stinnie has more than held his own. Credit to Licht for finding him, Gilbert for coaching him up, and Stinnie for stepping up.

  17. TampaTown Says:

    Jason: Germaine Phillips maybe?

  18. BT Says:

    He probably won a lot of new fans to Tampa Bay with his warrior play yesterday. Game ball.

  19. Bosch Says:

    What was the actual injury Conte suffered from that play? Other than pride, that is.

  20. 813bucboi Says:

    kid is wreckin games with his hits and energy….

    i love it!!!!

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  21. Pablo Says:

    Jermaine Phillips

  22. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Kelcie may have swept one thoughts cutting over the middle. They may need to lasso Hill to catch him, that man can motor and I heard he’s pretty good at beating on 3 year olds.

  23. Smashsquatch Says:

    Jordan brought the wood to Green Bay. He sacrificed his body for the team. Best game as a Buc. Really hope he’s able to play with the same aggression in two weeks. Our defense is peaking at just the right time and now we have two weeks to heal up and put it all on the line. Getting a limited and rusty Vea back was the x factor yesterday. His impact will be felt in the SB.

  24. mg Says:

    That Defense was must watch football.

  25. Rod Munch Says:

    Chris Conte playing with Ryan Smith… literally the two worst starting defensive players I’ve ever seen. In fact, I’ll go further, Ryan Smith is THE worst defensive back I’ve ever seen, at any level. The guy has zero feel for the game – got constantly burnt. I can’t wait for someone to sign him thinking he’s on the Bucs Super Bowl roster so he must be good. LOL!

  26. orlbucfan Says:

    Been a Whitehead fan since he was drafted and brought here. He stood out in the 2018 preseason. He may not be flashy but he is a headhunter. He will be in the SB unless his shoulder was pulverized.

  27. David Says:

    SC Buc fan…

    Based on Whitehead talking last night, it sounds like he will be ready for the Super Bowl.
    Not sure about Winfield. He better be 100% if he does go because they can’t afford to play him on a bum ankle with Tyree Hill out there.

    As for Kappa, he won’t be back he broke his leg. And Stinnie has been awesome

  28. stpetebucsfan Says:

    “he launched his shoulder into that guys quad. very hard hit.”

    True dat Robert. Now perhaps he could teach Carlton Davis how to tackle.

    Davis repeatedly goes high as in neck and shoulder high and then gets stiff armed as the receiver runs on thinking…get outta here with that weak sh*t Carlton.

    They NEVER think that when Jordan arrives!

  29. Sorryjackchuckiesback Says:

    It looked like a serious injury the way they had it bandaged up… Man I hope he can play in the SB… Dude deserves it!!

  30. teacherman777 Says:


    But Ryan Smith is also the best gunner in Bucs history.

  31. westernbuc Says:

    Simms and Florio called him Jermaine Whitehead lol

  32. MadMax Says:

    oh yeah….hes all over it….who dat?

  33. Brandon Says:

    I’ve been saying for a few weeks that Edwards is playing so well that he’s going to push Winfield to SS and Whitehead out of a job…but not having him on the field in that 2nd half made me rethink that. We’ve got three really talented safeties.