Expansion of the National Football League to twenty-eight teams was an agreed part of the AFL/NFL merger of 1970 and confirmed at the end of that season, but attempts to carry it out did not materialize until after the 1973 season, when it was announced that Tampa would be the first city to get an expansion franchise, at a cost ...
Despite the profitability of the Buccaneers in the 1980s, Culverhouse’s death in 1994 revealed a team close to bankruptcy, which surprised many observers. 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 ...
For the 1997 season, the Buccaneers 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. “Bucco Bruce” was replaced by a red flag displaying a white pirate skull and crossed sabers which are a modified Jolly Roger (similar ...
The Bucs went on to rout Gruden’s former team, the Oakland Raiders, by a score of 48-21 in Super Bowl XXXVII. Gruden’s familiarity with the Raiders’ players and playbook paid off, as John Lynch and other Bucs players recognized some of Oakland’s formations and plays at crucial points in the game. The Bucs became the first team to win the ...
Super Bowl LV was an American football game played to determine the champion of the National Football League (NFL) for the 2020 NFL season. The National Football Conference (NFC) champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Kansas City Chiefs, 31–9. The game took place on February 7, 2021, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, the home stadium of the Buccaneers, marking the first time that a team hosted a Super Bowl. ...
History of the Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (often shortened as the Bucs) are a professional American football franchise based in Tampa, Florida. The Buccaneers currently compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member team of the National Football Conference (NFC) South division. Along with the Seattle Seahawks, the team joined the NFL in 1976 as an expansion team. The Bucs played their first season in the American Football Conference (AFC) West division as part of the 1976 expansion plan, whereby each new franchise would play every other franchise over the first two years. After the season, the club switched conferences with the Seahawks and became a member of the NFC Central division. During the 2002 league realignment, the Bucs joined three former NFC West teams to form the NFC South. The club is owned by the Glazer family and plays its home games at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
1976 - Present / National Football League
1976 - Present / Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Buccaneers - A name the team contest resulted in the name “Buccaneers,” from an original list of more than 400 names in 1975. A reference to the pirate raids that plagued the Florida’s Gulf coast during the seventeenth century, and which was almost immediately shortened to the familiar “Bucs.”
Super Bowl 2
1998 - Present / Raymond James Stadium
1996 - 1997 / Houlihan's Stadium
1976 - 1995 / Tampa Stadium
1995 - Present / Glazer Family
1994 - 1995 / Hugh Culverhouse, Jr.
1976 - 1994 / Hugh Culverhouse
To qualify as the greatest player for this team, the player must have played one season for this team. If not, we will remove the player.
* verifies that player has played for this team as an added player by a fan.
55 / Derrick Brooks
63 / Lee Roy Selmon
99 / Warren Sapp
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