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National Football League (1976–present)
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (often shortened as the Bucs) are a professional American football team based in Tampa, Florida. Raymond James Stadium is a multi-purpose football stadium located in Tampa Florida. American football, known in the United States and Canada simply as football, is a competitive Team sport known for mixing strategy with They are currently members of the Southern Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The NFC South is a division of the National Football League 's National Football Conference. The National Football Conference ( NFC) is one of the two conferences of the National Football League (NFL The National Football League ( NFL) is the largest professional American football league. The team, along with the Seattle Seahawks, joined the NFL as 1976 expansion teams in the AFC West. The Seattle Seahawks are a professional American football team based in Seattle Washington, USA The 1976 NFL season was the 57th Regular season of the National Football League. See also Relocation of professional sports teams An expansion team is a term used for a brand new team in a sports league The club is currently owned by Malcolm Glazer and coached by head coach Jon Gruden. Malcolm Irving Glazer (born 25 May 1928 in Rochester, New York) is an American businessman and sports-team owner Jon D Gruden (born August 17, 1963 in Sandusky Ohio) is the current head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL. When the franchise entered the league in 1976, the Buccaneers lost their first 26 games. After a brief winning era in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the team suffered through fourteen consecutive losing seasons. From 1996 until 2005 they were consistent playoff contenders, and won Super Bowl XXXVII at the end of the 2002 season which has been their only Super Bowl appearance. Super Bowl XXXVII was an American football game played on January 26, 2003 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego California to decide The 2002 season of the National Football League (NFL was the 83rd one played by the major professional American football league in the United professional American football, the Super Bowl is the Championship game of the National Football League (NFL
The Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer is also the owner of one of the richest football clubs in the world, Manchester United, a football (soccer) team in England. Malcolm Irving Glazer (born 25 May 1928 in Rochester, New York) is an American businessman and sports-team owner Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a Team sport played between two teams of eleven players and is widely considered England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland
The Buccaneers joined the NFL as members of the AFC West in 1976. This article details the history of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers American Football Club. For complete team history see History of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is a list of seasons completed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers American Football Franchise The AFC West is a division of the National Football League 's American Football Conference. The following year, they were moved to the NFC Central, while the other 1976 expansion team, the Seattle Seahawks, switched conferences with Tampa Bay and joined the AFC West. The NFC North is a division of the National Football League 's National Football Conference. This realignment was dictated by the league as part of the 1976 expansion plan, so that both teams could play each other twice and every other NFL franchise once during their first two seasons.
The Tampa Bay expansion franchise was originally awarded to Tom McCloskey, a construction company owner from Philadelphia. Philadelphia (ˌfɪləˈdɛlfiə It soon became apparent that McCloskey had financial problems, so the NFL found a replacement in Hugh Culverhouse, a wealthy tax attorney from Jacksonville well known in NFL circles for brokering an unprecedented franchise swap between the Baltimore Colts and Los Angeles Rams. Hugh Franklin Culverhouse Sr (1919 &ndash August 26, 1994) was the longtime owner of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League "Tax code" redirects here For the term as used in the United Kingdom PAYE system see Tax code (PAYE. The Indianapolis Colts are a professional football team based in Indianapolis Indiana. The St Louis Rams are a professional American football team based in St A name-the-team contest resulted in the nickname "Buccaneers", in honor of the yearly Gasparilla Pirate Festival in Tampa. The Gasparilla Pirate Festival is an annual celebration held in the city of Tampa, Florida. The team's first home was Tampa Stadium, which had recently been expanded to seat just over 72,000 fans. Steve Spurrier was the quarterback for Tampa Bay during their expansion season. Stephen Orr Spurrier (born April 20, 1945 in Miami Beach Florida) is a former American football player and currently the head coach
Tampa Bay started the first two seasons winless with an overall 0-26 record before finally winning its first game in 1977 on the road against the New Orleans Saints. The New Orleans Saints are a professional American football team based in New Orleans Louisiana. Saints Head Coach Hank Stram was fired after losing to the Buccaneers, but Tampa Bay went out the next week and won their first home game over the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1977 season finale. Henry Louis Stram ( January 3, 1923 – July 4, 2005) was an American Football coach. The Arizona Cardinals are a professional American football team based in Glendale Arizona, just outside of Phoenix.
The Bucs' situation improved rapidly in 1979. The 1979 NFL season was the 60th Regular season of the National Football League. With the maturation of quarterback Doug Williams, the first 1000-yard rushing season from running back Ricky Bell, and a smothering, league-leading defense led by future NFL Hall of Famer Lee Roy Selmon, the Bucs kicked off the season with five consecutive victories, a stunning performance that landed them on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Douglas Lee Williams (born August 9, 1955 in Zachary Louisiana) is a former American football Quarterback. Ricky Bell may refer to Ricky Bell (running back, a National Football League running back Ricky Bell (cornerback, a Canadian Football League The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the Hall of fame of the National Football League (NFL Lee Roy Selmon (born October 20, 1954 in Eufaula Oklahoma) is a former NFL football Defensive lineman. Sports Illustrated is an American Sports Magazine owned by media conglomerate Time Warner. 
With four games left in the season, the Bucs needed to win only one of them to make the playoffs. In the first, STP was put all over the goal posts in Tampa to prevent the goalposts from being ripped down in the event of a celebration. Four blocked kicks later, the Bucs wasted the oily substance, falling to the Minnesota Vikings 23-22. The Minnesota Vikings are a professional American football team based out of Minneapolis Minnesota. STP was wasted again the following week as the Bucs were shut out 14-0 by the Chicago Bears, and in OJ Simpson's final home game in San Francisco, Tampa lost its third straight attempt to clinch a division title against a 49ers team which came in with a 1-13 record. The Chicago Bears are a professional American football team based in Chicago, Illinois. Orenthal James "O J" Simpson (born July 9 1947 who has also been called The Juice, is a retired American football player, Clinch they did, however, in their final contest at home against the Kansas City Chiefs, which was played in the worst downpour in Bucs history. The Kansas City Chiefs are a professional American football team based in Kansas City Missouri. Finishing with a 10-6 record, the Bucs had their first winning season in franchise history, and also won the Central Division in a tiebreaker over the Chicago Bears. In an upset, the Bucs defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 24-17 in the divisional round of the playoffs. The Philadelphia Eagles are a professional American football team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The NFL playoffs following the 1979 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XIV.  Because the Los Angeles Rams defeated the Dallas Cowboys in the other NFC playoff game, the Bucs hosted the NFC Championship Game the following week in Tampa. The St Louis Rams are a professional American football team based in St The Dallas Cowboys are a professional American football team in the Eastern Division of the National Football Conference (NFC in the National The NFC Championship Game is one of the two Semi-final matches of the National Football League the largest professional American football league in the United The Bucs lost to the Rams 9-0, thanks to great defense by the Rams. In their fourth season, the Bucs seemed on the verge of fulfilling McKay's five-year plan.
The Bucs made the playoffs again by winning their division in the 1981 season and entering the first round during the strike-shortened 1982 season. The 1981 NFL season was the 62nd Regular season of the National Football League. The 1982 NFL season was the 63rd Regular season of the National Football League. The 1981 season came down to a thrilling final game at Detroit. The Detroit Lions are an American football team based in Detroit Michigan. The winner would take the Central Division crown and the loser would miss the playoffs. The Lions had not lost at home all season. Although the Bucs trailed early, an 84-yard touchdown bomb from QB Williams to WR Kevin House and a fumble recovery for a touchdown by LB David Logan sealed the shocking win for the Bucs. Kevin Nathaniel House (born December 20, 1957 in St Louis Missouri) is a former professional American football player who was selected by the David Logan may refer to Dave Logan (American football (born 1954 former NFL wide receiver Dave Logan (defensive lineman (1956-1999 The Dallas Cowboys rewarded the Bucs' efforts with a 38-0 blowout in the divisional round of the playoffs.
The 1982 season started just as poorly for the Bucs, as they went 0-3 before a player's strike shut down the NFL for seven weeks. When the league resumed play, the Bucs were nicknamed the "Cardiac Kids" for winning five of their next six games all in the final moments to go 5-4 and qualify for the expanded playoff slate. In the first round, the Bucs once again faced the Cowboys at home in Dallas, but the Bucs put up a much better fight, leading the game at the half. Tampa Bay lost 30-17.
1982 would be the last winning regular season under Culverhouse's ownership. Prior to the 1983 season, The Bucs lost Doug Williams to the United States Football League (USFL) and immediately bottomed out at 2-14, starting a string of 14 consecutive losing seasons (the first 13 of which they suffered at least 10 losses). For the proposed "New USFL" see United States Football League (2010. Included in their misery was the drafting of Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson with the first pick in the 1986 draft. Jackson never suited up for the Bucs, instead deciding to play baseball for the Kansas City Royals. Jackson would later return for parts of football seasons with the Los Angeles Raiders.
Despite the profitability of the Buccaneers in the 1980s, Culverhouse's death revealed a team close to bankruptcy, which surprised many observers. Bankruptcy is a legally declared inability or impairment of ability of an individual or organization to pay their Creditors Creditors may file a bankruptcy petition against His son, Miami attorney Hugh Culverhouse, Jr. , practically forced the trustees of his father's estate to sell the team, which cast doubt on the future of the franchise in Tampa. Interested parties included New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos, the latter of whom publicly declared he would move the team to Baltimore, as the city did not have an NFL franchise at that time. The New York Yankees are a professional baseball team based in the borough of The Bronx, in New York City, New York. George Michael Steinbrenner III (born July 4, 1930 in Rocky River Ohio) is an American Billionaire businessman and the principal The Baltimore Orioles are a professional baseball team based in Baltimore, Maryland. Peter G Angelos (born July 4, 1929 in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania) is an American trial lawyer and the current owner of the Baltimore Orioles However, in a last-minute surprise, Malcolm Glazer outbid both of them for $192 million, the highest sale price for a professional sports franchise up to that point. Malcolm Irving Glazer (born 25 May 1928 in Rochester, New York) is an American businessman and sports-team owner Glazer immediately placed his sons Bryan, Edward, and Joel in charge of the team's financial affairs, and the family's deep pockets and serious commitment to fielding a winning team--in Tampa--allowed the Bucs to finally become competitive. Bryan Glazer is part of the Glazer family who control First Allied Corporation, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL, and who have purchased a controlling Joel Glazer is part of the Glazer family who control First Allied Corporation and the Zapata Corporation, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL The team's performance dramatically improved when the Glazers hired Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Tony Dungy as head coach, jettisoned the old uniform designs (see below), and convinced Hillsborough County voters to raise sales taxes to partially fund the construction of Raymond James Stadium. Anthony Kevin "Tony" Dungy (born October 6, 1955) is a former professional American football player and the current Head coach of the Hillsborough County is a County located in the US state of Florida. Raymond James Stadium is a multi-purpose football stadium located in Tampa Florida.
During Dungy's first season in 1996, the team continued to struggle, starting the season 1-8. But in the second half of the season they finished 5-2, primarily due to the performance of a defense ranked seventh in the NFL led by Hardy Nickerson and the maturing of Wyche's draftees Brooks, Lynch, and Sapp. Hardy Otto Nickerson (born September 1, 1965 in Compton California) is a former American football Linebacker who played 16 seasons Dungy, a devout Christian with an even-tempered personality, quickly brought balance and morale to the team, and his Cover 2 defensive scheme, sharpened to perfection by defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and linebackers coach Lovie Smith, became the foundation for Tampa Bay's future success. American football Strategy is the strategic deployment of players and assignment of tasks to offensive and defensive players of American football A defensive coordinator typically refers to a coach on an American football team who is in charge of the defense. Monte Kiffin (born February 29, 1940 in Lexington Nebraska) is an American football coach in the NFL. Lovie Lee Smith (born in Gladewater Texas) is the Head coach of the Chicago Bears professional football team of the NFL. Their version of Cover 2 was so successful that it became known as the Tampa 2. The Tampa 2 is an American football defensive strategy popularized by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers National Football League (NFL team in the mid 1990s-early It has been brought to the Chicago Bears by Smith, Detroit Lions by Rod Marinelli, Kansas City Chiefs by Herman Edwards and to the Indianapolis Colts by Dungy himself, and copied by several other teams. The Chicago Bears are a professional American football team based in Chicago, Illinois. The Detroit Lions are an American football team based in Detroit Michigan. The Kansas City Chiefs are a professional American football team based in Kansas City Missouri. The Indianapolis Colts are a professional American football team based in Indianapolis Indiana.
The team started the season 5-0, picking up where they left off the previous year, and this quick start once again landed them on the cover of Sports Illustrated--not once, but twice.  The Bucs went 10-6 for their first winning season and playoff appearance since 1982, as a wild-card team. In the Bucs' final home game at Houlihan's Stadium (formerly Tampa Stadium), the team defeated the Detroit Lions 20-10. Tampa Stadium (known as Houlihan's Stadium from 1996 to 1998 and nicknamed "The Big Sombrero ") was a Sports venue located at They lost at Lambeau Field to the eventual NFC Champion Green Bay Packers 21-7. Lambeau Field is an outdoor football stadium in Green Bay Wisconsin, the home of the NFL 's Green Bay Packers. The Green Bay Packers are a professional American football team based in Green Bay Wisconsin. Still, there was reason for optimism, and the expectations were high for the following season.
The 1998 season, the first to be played in the newly constructed Raymond James Stadium, saw the Bucs lose several close games en route to a disappointing 8-8 record. Raymond James Stadium is a multi-purpose football stadium located in Tampa Florida. The 1999 season brought much better fortune. On the strength of the NFL's number one overall defense and a surprising performance by rookie QB Shaun King, the Bucs finished the season with an 11-5 record and won their third NFC Central Division Championship. Shaun Earl King (born May 29, 1977 in St Petersburg Florida) is a football analyst on ESPN First Take and former They edged the Washington Redskins 14-13 in the Divisional round, before losing to the eventual Super Bowl Champion St. The Washington Redskins are a professional American football team based in the Washington D Louis Rams in an unusually low-scoring NFC Championship Game, 11-6. The Bucs' loss was controversial, highlighted by the unusual reversal of a pass from King to WR Bert Emanuel, which ended the Bucs' chances at continuing their last-minute drive for a possible win. Bert Tyrone Emanuel (born October 26, 1970 in Kansas City Missouri) is a former professional American football Wide receiver who In league meetings later that year, NFL later changed the rules regarding what constituted an incomplete pass, which was considered a backhanded admission that the reversal was incorrect. An incomplete pass is a term in American football which means that a legal Forward pass hits the ground before a player on either team gains possession
Dungy was released by the Buccaneers following a disappointing loss to the Philadelphia Eagles 31-9 in the Wildcard Round of 2001 and soon thereafter hired as the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, while the Bucs mounted a prolonged and much-maligned search for his replacement. The Indianapolis Colts are a professional American football team based in Indianapolis Indiana. Several potential candidates were offered the job, including University of Florida head coach Steve Spurrier, former New York Giants head coach Bill Parcells, and Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis. The University of Florida ( Florida or UF) is a public land-grant, sea-grant, space-grant major Research Stephen Orr Spurrier (born April 20, 1945 in Miami Beach Florida) is a former American football player and currently the head coach The New York Giants are a professional American football team based in the New York City suburb of East Rutherford New Jersey. Bill Parcells (born Duane Charles Parcells August 22, 1941 in Englewood New Jersey) is the current Executive Vice President of Football Marvin Ronald Lewis ( September 23, 1958) is the Head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League since January Spurrier jumped to the Redskins when he was offered the most lucrative salary package ever offered to an NFL head coach, and Parcells eventually passed on the Bucs' offer--the second time he had done so in the history of the franchise. Bucs general manager Rich McKay threw his support behind Lewis. The Glazer brothers were so displeased with the selection of yet another defensive-minded coach that they overruled McKay and took control of the candidate search themselves. They made it clear that their top choice was Jon Gruden. Jon D Gruden (born August 17, 1963 in Sandusky Ohio) is the current head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL. The problem was that he was still under contract to the Oakland Raiders. The Oakland Raiders are a professional American football team based in the city of Oakland California.
While talks with the Raiders were secretly under way, the Glazers publicly pursued another respected offensive mind, San Francisco 49ers head coach Steve Mariucci. The San Francisco 49ers are a professional American football team Steve Mariucci (born November 4, 1955 in Iron Mountain Michigan) is a former National Football League coach most recently for the Detroit Just when initial reports indicated that Mariucci had agreed to become both the Bucs' head coach and their general manager, Raiders owner Al Davis agreed to release Jon Gruden to Tampa Bay. Allen "Al" Davis (born July 4 1929 in Brockton Massachusetts) is a Jewish-American Football executive, who currently serves as the
The Glazers' shrewd move eventually paid off in acquiring Gruden, but it cost the team dearly. The team hired Gruden away from the Raiders on February 20, 2002, but the price was four draft picks, including the Bucs' first and second round picks in 2002, their first round pick in 2003, and their second round selection in 2004, along with $8 million in cash; the league as a result prohibited any further trading of draft picks for coaches. Events 1472 - Orkney and Shetland are left by Norway to Scotland, due to a Dowry payment See also 2002 (disambiguation Year 2002 ( MMII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. A draft is a process used in the United States, Canada, and Australia to allocate certain players to Sports teams Gruden, who was frustrated by the limitation of his coaching authority by Davis, was more than pleased to return to Tampa Bay, as his parents lived nearby, and he had spent part of his childhood in Tampa in the early 1980s when his father had worked as a Bucs running back coach and director of player personnel.
Upon his arrival in Tampa, Gruden immediately went to work, retooling a sluggish offense. For complete team history see History of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is a list of seasons completed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers American Football Franchise The league's sweeping realignment sent the Bucs to the new NFC South Division, along with the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints. The Atlanta Falcons are an American football team based in Atlanta Georgia. The Carolina Panthers are a professional football team based in Charlotte North Carolina, representing both North Carolina and South Carolina in the The New Orleans Saints are a professional American football team based in New Orleans Louisiana.
Led by the league's top defense, the 2002 campaign was the Buccaneers' most successful season to date. They won the NFC South title with the team's best ever record, 12-4, and went on to rout Gruden's former team, the Oakland Raiders who had the league's number 1 offense, by a score of 48-21 in Super Bowl XXXVII. The Oakland Raiders are a professional American football team based in the city of Oakland California. Super Bowl XXXVII was an American football game played on January 26, 2003 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego California to decide
Soon after the Super Bowl victory, a growing number of press reports indicated Gruden's lack of patience with general manager McKay. McKay was a major architect of the Bucs rebuilding effort over the previous ten years, and he, like Gruden, had long-established ties to the Tampa Bay area. The Tampa Bay Area, or Tampa Bay, after the body of water it surrounds is the second most populated metropolitan region in the state of Florida, the However, during the 2003 season, the Gruden-McKay relationship deteriorated as the Bucs struggled on the field. The 2003 season of the National Football League (NFL was the 84th one played by the major professional American football league in the United In November, Keyshawn Johnson was deactivated by the team ten games into the season for his conduct, which included sideline arguments with Bucs coaches and players. Keyshawn Joseph Johnson (born on July 22, 1972 in Los Angeles California) is a former American football Wide receiver and current Johnson was eventually traded to the Dallas Cowboys for wide receiver Joey Galloway. Joseph Scott "Joey" Galloway (born November 20, 1971 in Bellaire Ohio) is an American football Wide receiver for the
In December, the Glazers allowed McKay to leave the Bucs before the end of the regular season, and he promptly joined the Falcons as president and general manager. Thus, McKay watched his first game as a Falcons executive sitting next to owner Arthur Blank in a Raymond James Stadium skybox. Arthur M Blank (born September 27, 1942, in Sunnyside, New York) is an American businessman and a co-founder of Home The Falcons defeated the Bucs 30-28. Despite opening the season with a Monday night win over the Eagles in Philadelphia's new stadium, Lincoln Financial Field, the Bucs finished the season 7-9. Lincoln Financial Field, familiarly known as " The Linc " is the home Stadium of the National Football League 's Philadelphia Eagles Combined with the Raiders' dismal 4-12 performance, neither Super Bowl team reached the playoffs that year.
For 2004, Bruce Allen was hired as general manager. Bruce Allen is currently the General Manager of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League. After Allen's arrival, both John Lynch and Warren Sapp were released, stunning many Buccaneer fans. John H Lynch (born November 25 1952, Waltham Massachusetts) is the current Governor of New Hampshire. Warren Carlos Sapp (born December 19, 1972 in Orlando Florida) is a retired American football player who played Defensive tackle The distracted Buccaneers began the 2004 season with a 1-5 record, their worst start under Gruden. The fading accuracy of kicker Martin Gramatica did not help matters, as the team lost many close games en route to a 5-11 record. Placekicker, or simply kicker ( PK or K) is the title of the player in American and Canadian football who is responsible for the Martín Gramática (born November 27, 1975 in Buenos Aires, Argentina) is an American football Placekicker for the
In the 2005 season, the Buccaneers celebrated their 30th season in the league, and returned to their winning ways. The Bucs selected Carnell "Cadillac" Williams in the first round of the 2005 draft, and the rookie would provide a running game the Buccaneers had not possessed since the days of James Wilder in the 1980s. "Cadillac Williams" redirects here For the jazz trumpeter also known as Cadillac Williams see Nelson Williams. James Curtis Wilder (born May 12, 1958 in Sikeston, Missouri) is a former professional American football player who was a Running
After starting 5-1, the team entered a midseason slump hampered by a season-ending injury to starting QB Brian Griese. Brian David Griese (Gree-see (born March 18 1975 in Miami Florida) is an American football Quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Replacement starter Chris Simms struggled early, but came into his own leading to the team to a last-minute win over the Redskins. Christopher David Simms (born August 29, 1980 in) is an American football Quarterback for the Tennessee Titans of the National The Washington Redskins are a professional American football team based in the Washington D The Bucs won the NFC South Division finishing 11-5. The season ended abruptly, however, with a 17-10 loss in the Wild Card round, in a rematch with the Redskins.
After winning the division in 2005, the Bucs suffered through an abysmal 2006 season. The season was plagued by injuries, with starters such as G Dan Buenning, WR Michael Clayton, RB Carnell Williams, DE Simeon Rice, CB Brian Kelly, and QB Chris Simms all being placed on injured reserve at some point in the season. Dan Robert Buenning (born October 26, 1981 in) is an American football guard for the Chicago Bears of the National Football "Cadillac Williams" redirects here For the jazz trumpeter also known as Cadillac Williams see Nelson Williams. Simeon Rice (SIM-ee-on (born February 24, 1974 in Chicago Illinois) is an American football Defensive end who is currently a Free This page refers to an NFL player For the Canadian football player of the same name see Brian Kelly (Canadian football player. Christopher David Simms (born August 29, 1980 in) is an American football Quarterback for the Tennessee Titans of the National The season also saw a lot of rookies starting for the Bucs, such as QB Bruce Gradkowski, T Jeremy Trueblood, and G Davin Joseph. Bruce Raymond Gradkowski (born January 27, 1983 in) is an American football Quarterback who is currently a free agent Jeremy Tyler Trueblood (born May 10, 1983) is a current Offensive tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Davin Joseph (born November 22, 1983 in Hallandale Florida) is an American football guard for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs started off the season 0-3, with QB Chris Simms throwing only 1 touchdown to 7 interceptions. Christopher David Simms (born August 29, 1980 in) is an American football Quarterback for the Tennessee Titans of the National In the third game of the season, a last-minute loss to the Panthers, Simms's spleen was ruptured, and he was placed on injured reserve for the balance of the season. The Carolina Panthers are a professional football team based in Charlotte North Carolina, representing both North Carolina and South Carolina in the The spleen is an organ found in all Vertebrate animals In humans the spleen is located in the abdomen of the body where it functions in the destruction of redundant Red After their bye week, the Bucs elected to start rookie quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, a 6th-round pick from Toledo. Bruce Raymond Gradkowski (born January 27, 1983 in) is an American football Quarterback who is currently a free agent After nearly beating the Saints, Gradkowski lead the team to last-minute wins over the Bengals and Eagles. The New Orleans Saints are a professional American football team based in New Orleans Louisiana. The Cincinnati Bengals are a professional American football team based in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Philadelphia Eagles are a professional American football team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The success was short-lived, however, and the Bucs lost five of the next six games. Tim Rattay replaced Gradkowski as quartback late in the season, and the team finished 4-12. Timothy F Rattay (Rah-TAY (born March 15, 1977 in Elyria Ohio) is a professional football player a Quarterback who is a The aged defense, with 5 starters who had played there for a decade or more, was ranked 17th overall, the first time a Tampa defense was not ranked in the top ten since 1996.
After a disappointing 4-12 effort in 2006, the Buccaneers for the first time in several seasons had money to spend in free agency. Raymond James Stadium is a multi-purpose football stadium located in Tampa Florida. They brought in quarterback Jeff Garcia, offensive tackle Luke Petitgout, defensive end Kevin Carter, and linebacker Cato June. This article is about the Tampa Bay football player For the comedian/voice actor see Jeff Garcia. Lucas George Petitgout (born June 16, 1976 in Milford Delaware) is an American football Offensive tackle who is currently a Kevin Carter ( September 13, 1960 in Johannesburg – July 27, 1994) was an award-winning South African photojournalist Cato Nnamdi June (born November 18, 1979 in Riverside California) is an American football Outside linebacker for the Tampa Bay On April 28, the Buccaneers drafted Clemson defensive end Gaines Adams with the 4th overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. Events 1192 - Assassination of Conrad of Montferrat (Conrad I King of Jerusalem, in Tyre, two days after his title Gaines Adams, (born on June 8, 1983) is a Defensive end currently playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 2007 National Football League Draft took place at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on April 28 and April 29 2007 After the draft the Buccaneers picked up tight end Jerramy Stevens and defensive tackle Ryan Sims. Jerramy Stevens (born November 13, 1979 in) is an American football Tight end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football Ryan O'Neal Sims (born May 4, 1980) is a current American Football Defensive tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The offseason changes resulted in the Buccaneers winning the NFC South title, finishing with a 9-7 record, and the 4th seed in the NFC. The division crown is the 2nd one in three seasons while under Gruden. In the Wild Card round of the playoffs held on January 6, 2008, the Buccaneers lost to the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants by a final score of 24-14. Events 1066 - Harold Godwinson is crowned King of England. 1205 - Philip of Swabia becomes King 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common The New York Giants are a professional American football team based in the New York City suburb of East Rutherford New Jersey.
On December 16, Micheal Spurlock returned a kickoff 90 yards for the first kickoff return touchdown (1865 tries with 140 different players in 498 regular season games) in Tampa Bay Buccaneers franchise history, as the Bucs went on to clinch the NFC South. Events 755 - An Lushan revolts against Chancellor Yang Guozhong at Fanyang, initiating the An Shi Rebellion Micheal Curtis Spurlock (born January 31, 1983 in) is an American football Wide receiver and Return specialist who is a Practice
In 1975, the Buccaneers built a small practice complex with offices near Tampa International Airport called One Buccaneer Place. Tampa International Airport is a public Airport located six miles (10 km) west of the Central business district of Tampa, in Hillsborough As other NFL teams upgraded their facilities, Bucs players and coaches stepped up their complaints about the aircraft noise, cramped offices, small locker rooms and run-down condition of One Buc Place. Even head coach Jon Gruden has sarcastically referred to the facility as "The Woodshed. " For much of the team's existence, the Bucs held training camp on the University of Tampa campus. The University of Tampa, or UT, is a private co-educational university in downtown Tampa Florida. However, since 2002, the team has held training camp in Orlando at the expansive and better-equipped Disney's Wide World of Sports complex at Walt Disney World. The 2002 season of the National Football League (NFL was the 83rd one played by the major professional American football league in the United Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex is a 220 Acre (89 ha) athletic complex located in the Walt Disney World Resort. Walt Disney World Resort is the most visited and largest recreational resort in the world containing four Theme parks two Water parks twenty-three themed hotels
In August 2006, the Bucs unveiled their new training facility, which had been under construction for the better part of a year. Conveniently located across the street from Raymond James Stadium on the former site of Tampa Bay Center, a large mall that the Glazers purchased in 2002 and later demolished in 2005, this state-of-the-art complex is now the largest for any team in the NFL. Raymond James Stadium is a multi-purpose football stadium located in Tampa Florida. The Tampa Bay Center was a Shopping mall located in Tampa Florida, across the street from Tampa Stadium Featuring expansive new offices and meeting rooms, two natural grass practice fields, a theatre designed for both team meetings and press conferences, an expanded weight training room, a giant kitchen, a rehabilitation center with three separate pools and a locker room twice the size of the existing one at One Buc Place, the Glazers told building contractors that "money was no object" in the construction of the facility.  To that end, plasma televisions are featured throughout--primarily in the offices of the coaching staff--and head coach Jon Gruden's corner office even features a shower with a view of the practice fields. The building is capped off with a giant five-story glass and steel football as a key design element. A third practice field, featuring artificial turf, will be added in the future.
In the second week of September 2007, statues of important figures from the Bucs 2002 Championship season were moved into the lobby area in an exhibit called "Moment of Victory". The life-size statues included players Mike Alstott, Ronde Barber, Derrick Brooks, Brad Johnson, John Lynch, Shelton Quarles, Simeon Rice, Warren Sapp, and head coach Jon Gruden. Michael Joseph Alstott, nicknamed "The A-Train", (born December 21, 1973, Joliet Illinois) is a former American football Jamael Orondé "Rondé" Barber (RON-day (born April 7, 1975 in Roanoke Virginia) is an American football player who currently plays Derrick Dewan Brooks (born April 18, 1973 in Pensacola Florida) is a professional American football Linebacker and one of the current Brad Johnson can refer to Brad Johnson (actor, American actor former Marlboro Man Brad Johnson (American football, current quarterback John H Lynch (born November 25 1952, Waltham Massachusetts) is the current Governor of New Hampshire. Shelton Eugene Quarles (born September 11, 1971 in Nashville Tennessee) is a former Linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Simeon Rice (SIM-ee-on (born February 24, 1974 in Chicago Illinois) is an American football Defensive end who is currently a Free Warren Carlos Sapp (born December 19, 1972 in Orlando Florida) is a retired American football player who played Defensive tackle Jon D Gruden (born August 17, 1963 in Sandusky Ohio) is the current head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL. The statues are modeled after images from the sideline towards the end of Super Bowl XXXVII. Super Bowl XXXVII was an American football game played on January 26, 2003 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego California to decide 
Practices at the currently-unnamed facility will remain closed to the public, although the existing mall parking on the west side of the property is still available for use on game days. The facility is still referred to as One Buc Place, or sometimes by local media as One Buc Palace.
When the team began play in 1976, Culverhouse initially picked team colors of red, green, orange and white. However, the shade of green was too close to that used by the Miami Dolphins. The Miami Dolphins are a professional American football team based in the Miami Florida Metropolitan Area. A medium shade of "Florida Orange" was substituted for green. Home uniforms included orange jerseys with white numerals outlined in red--the now-infamous "Creamsicle" uniforms. Popsicle is the most popular brand of Ice pop in the US and Canada. Road white jerseys originally had orange numerals outlined in red, but these colors were reversed for year two and beyond. The color swap to red numbers with orange trim gave better visibility.
Long-time Tampa Tribune cartoonist Lamar Sparkman designed the first team logo. The Tampa Tribune published in Tampa Florida is one of two major Newspapers published in the Tampa Bay area second in circulation and readership Faced with the difficulty of designing a logo that did not look too much like that of the Oakland Raiders', Sparkman came up with a pirate in a plumed hat and a cutlass in his mouth. The Oakland Raiders are a professional American football team based in the city of Oakland California. A cutlass is a short thick Sabre or slashing Sword, with a straight or slightly curved Blade sharpened on the cutting edge and a Hilt often The pirate appeared to be winking. He came to be known as "Buccaneer Bruce. "
In 1992, the Buccaneers introduced orange pants to be worn with the white jerseys. Prior to the team's season finale in 1995 against the Detroit Lions, lame-duck coach Sam Wyche suggested that the Bucs wear the orange pants with their orange jerseys, but the idea was vetoed by, among others, Pro Bowl linebacker Hardy Nickerson. Samuel David Wyche (born January 5, 1945 in Atlanta Georgia) is a former American football player and Head coach, who is best known Hardy Otto Nickerson (born September 1, 1965 in Compton California) is a former American football Linebacker who played 16 seasons
For the 1997 season, the Glazers worked with the NFL to develop a more marketable and intimidating look in order to improve the team's image. The Buccaneers changed their team colors to red, pewter, black and orange. "Buccaneer Bruce" was replaced by a red flag displaying a white pirate skull and crossed sabres which is a modified Jolly Roger. The sabre or saber (see spelling differences) is a kind of Sword that usually but not always has The Jolly Roger is the name given to any of various Flags flown to identify a ship's crew as pirates The flag most usually identified as the Jolly Roger today The flag was mounted on another sabre. The "Buccaneers" team name was written in a new font, Totally Gothic, and was either red with shadows of pewter or red and white. Orange was used on the uniform to maintain a visual link to the old logo. The football in the new logo is orange, and orange stripes appear on the pants and numerals. Chris Berman nicknamed them "the pirates in pewter pants," a play on the Gilbert and Sullivan opera The Pirates of Penzance. Christopher ("Boomer" James Berman (born May 10, 1955 in Greenwich Connecticut) is an American sportscaster The Pirates of Penzance, or The Slave of Duty is a Comic opera in two acts with music by Arthur Sullivan and Libretto by W The Buccaneers planned to stage a ceremony in which Bruce was to walk the plank of a pirate ship in Tampa Bay, but he was pardoned at the last minute by Governor Lawton Chiles. Lawton Mainor Chiles Jr ( April 3 1930 December 12 1998) was an American politician from the U
The new uniforms were adopted while Raymond James Stadium was still under construction, and the new colors would be prominent at the new facility. Raymond James Stadium is a multi-purpose football stadium located in Tampa Florida.
The new uniforms provided a combination of either red or white jerseys with either pewter or white pants. The red-white combination was used only sparingly, and has not been used since 2002. In 2003, the Buccaneers introduced a practice jersey that featured orange piping. In 2004, a pewter practice jersey was used, with numerals in the Totally Gothic font. Since the change in 1997, the Buccaneers have not worn the old uniform, even during league-sponsored "throwback" weekends.
Like many other NFL teams located in subtropical climates, the Buccaneers traditionally wear their white jerseys at home during the first half of the season — forcing opponents to suffer in the darker colors during the hot summers and autumns in Tampa. The subtropics are the zones of the Earth immediately north and south of the tropic zone which is bounded by the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Additionally, the visitors' bench of Raymond James Stadium is located on the east side of the stadium, which is in direct sunlight for 1 PM EST games. Raymond James Stadium is a multi-purpose football stadium located in Tampa Florida. The west sideline is in the shade.
The Buccaneers' 1997 uniform change prompted a 2003 lawsuit by the Raiders, who claimed that the NFL and the Buccaneers had infringed upon key trademark elements of the Raiders' brand, including the Raiders' pirate logo. A trademark or trade mark, represented by the symbols ™ and ®, or mark is a distinctive sign or indicator used by an individual In the same suit, the Raiders challenged the Carolina Panthers' color scheme, which included silver and black. The Raiders wanted the courts to bar the Buccaneers and Panthers from wearing their uniforms while playing in California. However, since the lawsuit was filed in a state California court, the lawsuit was tossed out because only federal courts have jurisdiction on intellectual property issues. Intellectual property ( IP) is a legal field that refers to creations of the mind such as musical literary and artistic works inventions and symbols names 
The 1976 Buccaneers lost all 14 games during the regular season. They stand as the only NFL team in the modern era to experience a winless regular season. In 1978, the season expanded to 16 games; however, no team has managed to finish 0-16. The Miami Dolphins came close and lost more games than the Buccaneers in the 2007 season finishing with a record of 1-15. The Miami Dolphins are a professional American football team based in the Miami Florida Metropolitan Area. The Baltimore Colts went 0-8-1 in the strike-shortened 1982 season. The Indianapolis Colts are a professional American football team based in Indianapolis Indiana. A twenty-game road losing streak against AFC teams finally ended with a 17-10 victory over the Denver Broncos on December 26, 1993. Events 1481 - Battle of Westbrook - Holland defeats troops of Utrecht. Year 1993 ( MCMXCIII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar) In 1980 (against the Bengals at Riverfront Stadium), the Buccaneers began a 27-game losing streak of games played outdoors on AstroTurf. The Cincinnati Bengals are a professional American football team based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Riverfront Stadium, later known as Cinergy Field, (2002 was the home of the Cincinnati Reds National League Baseball team and the AstroTurf is a brand of Artificial turf. Though the term is a Registered trademark, it is sometimes used as a generic description of any kind It was not broken until 1995 when the team defeated the Eagles at Veterans Stadium. The Philadelphia Eagles are a professional American football team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia Veterans Stadium (informally called "The Vet") was a professional sports facility located at the northeast corner of Broad Street and Pattison From their inception, they lost 20 consecutive games in which the temperature at kickoff was below 40 °F (4 °C). Temperature is a physical property of a system that underlies the common notions of hot and cold something that is hotter generally has the greater temperature The streak was ended in the final week of the 2002 regular season, when they beat the Bears at Champaign. The Chicago Bears are a professional American football team based in Chicago, Illinois. Memorial Stadium is a football Stadium located in Champaign Illinois, on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers roster
|John McKay||1976-1984||45-91-1||1979, 1981|
|Jon Gruden||2002-current||51-50-0||2002, 2005, 2007||2002||XXXVII|
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The Buccaneers' current flagship radio stations are WFUS 103.5 FM and WDAE 620 AM. WFUS (" US 1035 " is a Country music Radio station in Tampa Florida. WDAE is the callsign for 620 WDAE - The Sports Animal, a Sports radio station in Tampa Florida, United States. The play-by-play announcer since 1989 has been Gene Deckerhoff. Play-by-play, in Broadcasting, is a North American term and means the reporting of a Sporting event with a Voiceover describing the details of the action Emerson Eugene "Gene" Deckerhoff Jr (born May 2, 1945 in Jacksonville Florida) is the radio play-by-play announcer of the NFL 's Former Bucs tight end Dave Moore joined Deckerhoff as analyst for the 2007 season. David Edward Moore (born November 11, 1969 in Morristown New Jersey) is a former American football player who played for the Miami The 2007 season of the National Football League (NFL was the 88th season played by the major professional American football league in the United T. J. Rives works as the sideline reporter.
Broadcast legend and former Green Bay Packers' announcer Ray Scott was the play-by-play man for the Bucs' inaguaral season of 1976, and from 1977 to 1988 Mark Champion, who is now the voice of the Detroit Lions, held that position with the Bucs. Ray Scott may refer to Ray Scott (sportscaster (1920&ndash1998 American Ray Scott (basketball (born 1938 player and coach Mark Champion is an American Sportscaster, best known for his NFL and NBA broadcasts for the Detroit Lions and Detroit Pistons
Former Buccaneer Hardy Nickerson served as color commentator for one season in 2006, until he signed with the Bears as a linebackers coach on February 23, 2007. Hardy Otto Nickerson (born September 1, 1965 in Compton California) is a former American football Linebacker who played 16 seasons The Chicago Bears are a professional American football team based in Chicago, Illinois. Events 1455 - Traditional date for the publication of the Gutenberg Bible, the first Western Book printed from Movable Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Nickerson had replaced Scot Brantley, who was the commentator from 1999 through 2005. Scot Brantley (born February 24, 1958 in Chester South Carolina) is a former Linebacker who played 8 seasons for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jesse Ventura, the famous professional wrestler, actor, and former governor of Minnesota, was Deckerhoff's partner on the Bucs radio broadcasts for one year, 1990, and former Buc David Logan held that position after Ventura until his death after the 1998 season. Jesse Ventura (born July 15, 1951 as James George Janos) also known as "The Body", "The Star", and "The Professional wrestling, or pro wrestling, is a non-competitive professional Sport, where all matches are scripted by the promotion's booking staff An actor, actress, player or thespian (see terminology) is a person who Acts in a Dramatic production and who works The Governor of Minnesota is the chief executive of the US state of Minnesota, leading the state's Executive branch. David Logan may refer to Dave Logan (American football (born 1954 former NFL wide receiver Dave Logan (defensive lineman (1956-1999 Dave Kocerek and Fran Curci were also color commentors for the Buccaneers during their earlier years. Fran Curci was an All-American quarterback at the University of Miami in 1959
Ronnie Lane previously worked as a sideline reporter. 
The Bucs have broadcast on FM radio since signing with Top 40 station WRBQ in 1992. The Top Forty or Top 40 is a music industry shorthand for the currently most-popular songs in a particular genre. WRBQ-FM (1047 FM, "Q105" is a commercial Classic hits music formatted Radio station in Tampa Florida. The 1992 NFL season was the 73rd Regular season of the National Football League. The team moved to WQYK, in 1994, then to WFUS in 2004. The 1994 NFL season was the 75th Regular season of the National Football League. WFUS (" US 1035 " is a Country music Radio station in Tampa Florida. The 2004 season of the National Football League (NFL was the 85th season for the major professional American football league in the United States
While regular season and post-season games in the NFL are all broadcast by national television contracts on CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN and NFL Network, the television broadcasts are for the most part handled by the individual teams. The NFL on CBS is the brand name of the CBS television network's coverage of the National Football League 's American Football Conference NFL on FOX is the brand name of the Fox Broadcasting Company 's coverage of the National Football League 's National Football Conference games NBC Sunday Night Football is a weekly Television broadcast of Sunday evening National Football League games on NBC that began airing on Monday Night Football ( MNF) is a Live television broadcast of the National Football League. NFL Network is an American television Specialty channel owned and operated by the National Football League (NFL and is also shown in Canada Preseason games not picked up for national broadcast are seen on WFLA Channel 8, where they have been televised since 2003. WFLA-TV is the NBC affiliate television station on the west coast of the U WFTV Channel 9 simulcasts the broadcast in the Orlando area. For the defunct television station in Duluth Minnesota, see WFTV (Duluth. Orlando is a major City in central Florida, USA and is the County seat of Orange County Florida. Chris Myers is the play-by-play announcer with Charles Davis as color commentator. Chris Myers (born 1959 is an American Sports broadcaster who works for numerous media outlets and covers several different sports Play-by-play, in Broadcasting, is a North American term and means the reporting of a Sporting event with a Voiceover describing the details of the action Charles Davis is a former football player for the University of Tennessee. Both Myers and Davis work nationally with FOX Sports. Ron Jaworski previously served as color commentator, until he signed with MNF for 2007. Ronald Vincent "Jaws" Jaworski (born March 23, 1951 in Lackawanna, New York) is a former American football Quarterback Monday Night Football ( MNF) is a Live television broadcast of the National Football League.
CBS, FOX and NBC games are shown respectively in Tampa Bay on WTSP, WTVT and WFLA, while they are shown respectively in Orlando on WKMG, WOFL and WESH. WTSP, channel 10 is a CBS -affiliate Television station on the west coast of Florida ( Tampa &ndash St WTVT, channel 13 is a television station in Tampa Florida. It is an Owned and operated station of the Fox Broadcasting Company, a subsdiary of the WFLA-TV is the NBC affiliate television station on the west coast of the U WKMG-TV, channel 6 is the CBS network affiliate for Central Florida (the Orlando - Daytona Beach - Melbourne Florida market WESH is the NBC affiliate in Orlando Florida. It is licensed to Daytona Beach, with studio facilities in Winter Park.
WTOG-TV Channel 44 was the previous home to Buccaneer preseason games for many years, ending in 2002. Former CBS play-by-play and ESPN golf broadcaster Jim Kelly was the play-by-play announcer for many of those games in the 1980s, and Joe Namath was a commentator. Joseph William Namath (born May 31 1943, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania) also known as Broadway Joe or Joe Willie, is a former In the early years of the franchise, WTVT-13, then a CBS affiliate, broadcast some Buccaneer preseason games. Sports anchor Andy Hardy handled the play-by-play, and for one game in 1978, his broadcast partner was his friend, Florida State alumni and movie actor Burt Reynolds. Burton Leon Reynolds Jr (born February 11 1936 is an American Actor.
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