The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced themes for each of their 10 home games this season, which includes two preseason contests.
Highlighting the list is the Ring of Honor Game on Nov. 3. The night will belong to former Bucs great and fan favorite John Lynch. The safety’s career will be honored at halftime of Tampa Bay’s Thursday Night Football game against the NFC South rival Atlanta Falcons, culminating in the unveiling of his No. 47 on the stadium facade alongside other Bucs legends Lee Roy Selmon, John McKay, Jimmie Giles, Paul Gruber, Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks, Mike Alstott and Doug Williams.
Lynch’s Ring of Honor evening will also be when Tampa Bay wears its Color Rush uniforms. Last year’s “red out” came on the road against the then-St. Louis Rams and was dubbed by many as the ketchup vs. mustard game when viewed next to the Rams’ all-yellow unis.
The year’s first home game will come Friday, Aug. 26 against the Cleveland Browns. The 8 p.m. contest will be broadcast nationally on CBS and the halftime entertainment will be the team’s Junior Cheer program.
That Friday night affair will also be the first time Bucs fans get to see the first stage of renovations to Raymond James Stadium, including its state-of-the-art, high-definition video boards in each end zone, four HD tower video displays in each corner of the lower bowl, HD ribbon boards and an all-new dispersed sound system.
Tampa Bay’s first regular season home game comes Week 3 on Sept. 25 against the Los Angeles Rams. Similar to all 32 organizations’ home openers, it will feature a league-wide “Kickoff” theme.
Here’s a full list of the Bucs’ 10 home dates, opponents and themes:
August 26 – Cleveland Browns (Junior Cheer)
September 1 – Washington Redskins (Youth Football)
September 25 – Los Angeles Rams (Kickoff)
October 2 – Denver Broncos (Play 60)
October 30 – Oakland Raiders (Breast Cancer Awareness)
November 3 – Atlanta Falcons (Ring of Honor/Color Rush)
November 13 – Chicago Bears (Salute to Service)
November 27 – Seattle Seahawks (Thanksgiving)
December 11 – New Orleans Saints (Walter Payton Man of the Year)
January 1 – Carolina Panthers (Fan Appreciation Day)
Attendees of the Week 17 finale against Carolina will be recognized by the team and league for their support and honored with giveaways, messages from players and the chance to be selected to receive one of the Buccaneers’ team captains’ game-worn jerseys.
The Ring of Honor game has been the most anticipated theme since Selmon became the Bucs’ initial inductee in 2009. The team announced Lynch as this year’s selection in late January. After being selected in the third round of 1993’s NFL Draft out of Stanford, Lynch spent his first 11 of 15 pro seasons in a Bucs’ uniform.
During his time in Tampa Bay, Lynch ranked fifth in tackles (973), sixth in interceptions (23) and fifth in games played (164).
I’m coming back for the Ring Of Honor Game if anyone would like to meet me and shake my hand or punch me in the face ha. I’ll be waiting for Luke Stocker after the game to get a pic with him and use as my profile pic for this room
Its about time John Lynch is Remember.I just wish that John Lynch,Brooks and Sapp had retired as a buc not some place else. Ihope the Tampa-Clearwater-St Pete and the state of florida will pickup every ticket for that game and show the world that Lynch is supported-GO BUCS
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