The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have already honored 11 of some the franchise’s most important and iconic members, whether player, coach or organizational administrator into their Ring of Honor. Some of the names already in the Ring include Derrick Brooks, John McKay, Warren Sapp, Lee Roy Selmon, and as of last season, Jon Gruden and Malcolm Glazer.

The Bucs have now announced that, in 2018, the team will induct their 12th member into their prestigious Ring of Honor: Coach Tony Dungy.

Dungy, a member of the 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame class, had a 54-42 regular season record as head coach of the Buccaneers and a franchise-best .563 winning percentage with four playoff appearances. The four playoff appearances in Dungy’s six seasons in Tampa Bay (1996-2001) tied for the third-most in the NFL during that span.

The ceremony will take place during the team’s Monday Night Football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 24th.

Buccaneers Owner/Co-Chairman Bryan Glazer commented on the selection.

“Tony Dungy’s impact on the Buccaneers and the Tampa Bay community is not measured in terms of wins and losses,” Glazer said. “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.”

The Bucs released a statement from Dungy on the honor.

“I will always be grateful to the Glazer family for giving me my first opportunity to coach a team,” Dungy said. “It was an awesome time for me and my family as we encountered so many special players, staff members, and fans. This induction into the Buccaneers Ring of Honor puts a bow on all those great memories.”

– Some information in this report is courtesy of the Buccaneers communication department

 

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Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]
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surferdudes
4 years ago

Well deserved.

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Reply to  surferdudes
4 years ago

Hear, hear.

fredster
fredster
4 years ago

Long overdue really.

seat26
seat26
4 years ago

He helped us get our first Superbowl Victory. HIs Defense. We could use his defensive mind now.

jerseybucsfan
jerseybucsfan
4 years ago

Invariably the Dungy vs. Gruden always rears its ugly head when either is mentioned which is malicious and unnecessary. In reality, both coaches did a lot of good here and regardless of your 2002 framing, Tony deserves this honor for many reasons. He was a key part of changing the culture in 1996, the magical 1997 season, the even deeper playoff run in 1999 and even to an extent 2000. Tony had his flaws but those are irrelevant now. Let’s just celebrate his legacy and enjoy the night. He deserves it.

Jonathan
Jonathan
4 years ago

Yes, Jon Gruden DID take the team to the Stupid Bowl, and WON the damn thing! And he did it with a mix of players that were there, and players he brought in. So, I give him credit for that. And since that glorious moment some 15 years ago, how many playoff GAMES have the Bucs been in? Exactly TWO…..wait, I may have miscounted ….ok ..there’s one and then…well there’s two. WHICH THEY LOST!!!!!!! In 2006!!! And 2008!!! So, Jon Gruden gets credit for the Stupid Bowl victory, who gets the credit for a15 year history of 2 playoff game… Read more »

jerseybucsfan
jerseybucsfan
4 years ago

Jon Gruden has been gone for 9 seasons. Some of you need to get over yourselves. You do Dungy a disservice with your rants. Just honor the man without making it about hatred. As for Oakland, who cares? It won’t change anything that happens here. Zilch!