Florida Football NFL Draft bust No. 8: Reidel Anthony
1997 Draft, Round 1, Pick 17
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1997-2001
Florida’s first national title in 1996 came from the famed “Fun n’ Gun” offense that head coach Steven Spurrier employed. At the core of the offense were wide receivers Ike Hilliard and Reidel Anthony.
While Hilliard went on to a lengthy NFL career, Anthony’s time in the NFL wasn’t great. Selected 17th overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1997, Anthony had an okay rookie year followed by a pretty good second season when he caught 51 passes for 708 yards and seven touchdowns.
The problem is over his next three seasons combined, he only managed 59 catches for 690 yards and five touchdowns.
2001 was his final season in the NFL, when he caught just 13 passes for 162 yards.
Anthony has since worked as a high school coach at his alma mater Glades Central High School.