November 6, 2009 Buccaneers Initiate Ring of Honor
Buccaneers have introduced a Ring of Honor program, replacing the retired Krewe of Honor, in time for the Bucs 30th anniversary celebration of the 1979 Buccaneer team. Presentation will occure during a Throwback games halftime with the unveiling of the individual's name added to the "Ring of Honor" stadium façade. The Buccaneers planed to induct just one player into the Bucs Ring of Honor each season, in 2015 two individuals were inducted.
#63 Lee Roy Selmon - Defensive End (1976 - 1984)
2009 - RING OF HONOR: Honored, on November 8th, 2009, presentation during halftime of the 1st Throwback game against Green Bay Packers. "This is a very exciting day for us, and a long time coming," said Bucs co-chairman Bryan Glazer. "When we bought the team in 1995, before we even went to a Buccaneer game, we didn't know much. But we were told we had to go to Canton, Ohio and represent the team at the induction ceremonies for the Hall of Fame and Lee Roy Selmon. It was a great beginning to our 15 years here, and I'm very proud to be here talking about this, the first inductee into the Ring of Honor at Raymond James Stadium. We've very pleased that person is going to be Lee Roy Selmon." Selmon, 54, played for the Bucs from 1976-84. The former first-round pick went on to make six Pro Bowls and help Tampa Bay's 1979 team earn a trip to the NFC Championship Game.: »READ MORE ABOUT SELMON HERE»VIDEO: Selmon Presentation highlights
John Harvey McKay - Head Coach (1976 - 1984)
2010 - RING OF HONOR: Honored, on December 5th, 2010, presentation during halftime of the 1st Throwback game against Atlanta Falcons. In 1976, The first head coach in team history became the second person inducted into the Buccaneers Ring of Honor at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, a nod to his extremely important place in franchise history. Rich McKay, the coach’s son and former Buccaneer general manager, was on hand to accept the honor on his father’s behalf, and McKay’s name was added to the façade next to Selmon’s: »READ MORE ABOUT COACH MCKAY HERE»VIDEO: McKay Presentation highlights
#88 Jimmie Giles, Jr. - Tight End (1976 - 1984)
2011 - RING OF HONOR: Honored, December 4th, 2011, during the Carolina Panthers halftime presentation. The spirit of Giles, the four-time Pro Bowler, came alive during a video tribute, in which his size and game-breaking speed was displayed. Giles played 121 games with Tampa Bay, catching 279 passes for 4,300 yards and 34 touchdowns. He's still the only Buccaneer to score four touchdowns in one game. : »READ MORE ABOUT GILES HERE»VIDEO: Giles Presentation highlights
#74 Paul Blake Gruber - Offensive Tackle (1988 - 1999)
2012 - RING OF HONOR: Honored, October 14th, 2012, during the Kansas City Chiefs halftime presentation. Paul Gruber, former left tackle and fourth overall pick in the 1988 draft, will have his name called to represent the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He has joined the likes of the late and great Lee Roy Selmon, head coach John McKay and tight end Jimmy Giles. Future Hall of Famer and former Buc safety John Lynch once said, "Groobs' was one of those guys who always just kept doing his job and doing what he needed to do to get ready for Sundays.": »READ MORE ABOUT GRUBER HERE»VIDEO: Gruber Press Conference
#99 Warren Sapp- Tight End (1995 - 2003)
2013 - RING OF HONOR: Honored, November 11th, 2013, during the Miami Dolphins halftime presentation. Under the intense spotlight of Monday Night Football, Sapp's name and number will be immortalized on the same stadium's façade as he becomes the fifth person inducted into the Buccaneers' Ring of Honor. Fittingly, "SAPP 99" will be boldly exhibited in letters and numerals three feet high. Sapp made an indelible mark on not only the Buccaneers but the entire NFL during his 13-year career, and now his name will be permanently on display for future generations of Tampa Bay fans and foes alike.
"It's unbelievable. I couldn't dream of anything like this," Sapp told a packed auditorium that included his mother, aunt, ex-teammates and former coach Tony Dungy, who arrived in 1996 -- Sapp's second as a pro -- and challenged him and Brooks to "chase Joe Greene and Jack Ham" and become the best players they could be.: »READ MORE ABOUT SAPP HERE»VIDEO: Sapp Ring of Honor highlights
#55 Derrick Brooks- Linebacker (1995 - 2003)
2014 - RING OF HONOR: Honored, September 14th, 2014, during the St. Louis Rams halftime presentation. Brooks' Ring induction will come during a game against the same team he stunned with a game-clinching pick-six almost exactly 12 years earlier, during the Bucs' Super Bowl run. The defending NFC Champions visited Raymond James Stadium in Week Three of that 2002 campaign and were mounting a fourth-quarter rally behind prolific quarterback Kurt Warner, with Brooks sidelined at the time by a hamstring strain. When fellow linebacker Shelton Quarles also had to leave the game with an injury, Brooks famously inserted himself back into the game without asking the coaches and almost immediately returned an interception 26 yards for a touchdown. Knowing the Bucs' 26-14 victory was final in hand, Brooks simply continued running through the end zone and into the tunnel on the way to the locker room training table.: »READ MORE ABOUT GILES HERE»VIDEO: Brooks Presentation highlights
#40 Michael Joseph Alstott - Runningback (1996-2007)
2015 - RING OF HONOR: Honored, October 4th, 2015, during the Carolina Panthers halftime presentation. At 6-foot-1 and 248 pounds, Alstott was a special player who could do just about everything. While speaking about the six-time Pro Bowler, Buccaneers co-chairman Bryan Glazer perfectly summed up his unique talent, saying he had the “size of a fullback, hands of a tight end, speed of a running back.” During his 12-year career with the Bucs, A-Train put that skill set to good use, finishing with the most touchdowns (71) in the franchise history. To get an idea of how remarkable that total is, the next closest number is 46, set by former running back James Wilder.: »READ MORE ABOUT A-TRAIN HERE»VIDEO: Alstott presentation highlights
#12 Douglas Lee Williams - Quarterback (1978 - 1982)
2015 - RING OF HONOR: Honored, December 6th, 2015, during the Atlanta Falcons halftime presentation. In 1978, Williams was the first franchise quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when he was selected in the NFL draft's first round and started for five seasons leading the Bucs to the playoffs in three of those years. In 1987 Williams became Super Bowl MVP. He had two separate spells in the Buccaneer front office. Williams is known for his remarkable performance in Super Bowl XXII. Williams, who was named the Super Bowl MVP, passed for a Super Bowl record 340 yards and four touchdowns, with one interception. He also became the first player in Super Bowl history to pass for four touchdowns in a single quarter, and four in a half. Williams was the first African American quarterback to start in an NFL league championship game and the first to win a Super Bowl, in 1988 (Russell Wilson became the second to win in 2014 with Super Bowl XLVIII).: »READ MORE ABOUT WILLIAMS HERE»VIDEO: Giles Presentation highlights
#47 John Terrence Lynch - Safety (1993 - 2003)
2016 - RING OF HONOR: Honored, November 3rd, 2016, during the Atlanta Falcons halftime presentation. One of the NFL's fiercest hitters, Lynch's passion saw him pile up 1,277 career tackles, 100 passes defensed, 26 interceptions, 16 forced fumbles, 13.0 sacks and eight fumble recoveries. Lynch is the ninth member of the Bucs' Ring of Honor, which includes several teammates — Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks, Mike Alstott and Paul Gruber. He said the magnitude of the honor didn't hit him until he drove by Raymond James Stadium on Friday. "It's an unbelievable honor to get up there and forever be up on that stadium with a lot of my best friends in this world," he said. Though he finished with the Broncos, he said he recently realized his biggest connection in football is to the Bucs and Tampa Bay fans.: »READ MORE ABOUT LYNCH HERE»VIDEO: Lynch Presentation highlights
Malcolm Glazer - Owner (1995 - 2014)
2017 - RING OF HONOR: Honored, Thursday, October 5th, 2017, during the New England Patriots halftime presentation, the team will honor late owner Malcolm Glazer with an induction ceremony into the Buccaneers Ring of Honor. Glazer will officially become the 10th member to be inducted into the Ring of Honor. “As we approach the 15th anniversary of our Super Bowl victory, it seemed a fitting time to acknowledge our father and Jon Gruden for the immense impact they had on our fans and the entire Tampa Bay community,” said Buccaneers Co-Chairman Ed Glazer. “Our father was passionate about transforming the Buccaneers into a model NFL franchise. His deep commitment to the Tampa Bay area is at the core of our organizational identity to this day.”: »READ MORE ABOUT TEAM OWNERS HERE»VIDEO: Malcolm Glazer presentation announcement
Jon David Gruden - Head Coach (2002 - 2008)
2017 - RING OF HONOR: Honored, Monday, December 18th, 2017, during the Monday Night Football halftime presentation against the Atlanta Falcons. Gruden, 53, coached the Bucs to our only Super Bowl championship after the 2002 season, his first with the franchise. He was 60-57 in seven seasons as the Bucs’ coach. "It's humbling for me to even consider being up there with some of the greats," said Gruden, who was coached the Bucs to their Super Bowl XXXVII victory in January 2003, beating his old team the Raiders in San Diego.
Gruden is now an analyst for “Monday Night Football.’’ The Bucs’ matchup against the Falcons at Raymond James Stadium is their only MNF appearance in 2017.: »READ MORE ABOUT COACH GRUDEN HERE»VIDEO: Druden's Presentation highlights
Anthony Kevin Dungy - Head Coach (1996 - 2001)
2018 - RING OF HONOR: Honored, Monday, September 24th, 2018, during the MONDAY NIGHT Football Pittsburgh Steelers halftime presentation. "Tony Dungy’s impact on the Buccaneers and the Tampa Bay community is not measured in terms of wins and losses," said Buccaneers Owner/Co-Chairman Bryan Glazer. "Tony transformed our entire organization and established a winning culture that set the foundation for the most successful era in our franchise’s history. Through his exceptional leadership, Tony set a new benchmark for excellence on and off the field that we still strive to achieve to this day."
Dungy will become the 12th member of the Ring of Honor, and the third former head coach to have his name placed among the franchise's all-time greats.: »READ MORE ABOUT COACH DUNGY HERE»VIDEO: BuccaneersFan.com Favorite Announcement Video
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