John McKay, Lee Roy Selmon, Doug Williams, Jimmie Giles, Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks, Mike Alstott, Ronde Barber, Paul Gruber, John Lynch, Malcolm Glazer, Tony Dungy and Jon Gruden.

And now Monte Kiffin.

The Buccaneers announced on Friday evening that Kiffin would become the 14th member of Tampa Bay’s Ring of Honor.


Kiffin joined Tony Dungy’s staff in 1996 as the team’s defensive coordinator and installed one the NFL’s most successful defensive schemes with what became known as the “Tampa Two.” Working with great players like Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks, John Lynch and Ronde Barber, among others, Kiffin’s Bucs defense was a perennial Top 10 defense that helped propel the Bucs to their one and only Super Bowl title in 2002.

Kiffin left the Buccaneers in 2008 to join his son Lane Kiffin at Tennessee and later USC. Kiffin was also a member of the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff for two seasons and is now back with his son Lane at Ole Miss.

Buccaneers.com released a statement from Tampa Bay owner and co-chairman Bryan Glazer.

“Monte Kiffin’s contributions to building and sustaining one of the most dominant defenses in NFL history were crucial to our franchise’s most successful era. Monte worked closely with Tony Dungy and Jon Gruden using his signature defense that became the team’s identity and was a key part of winning the Super Bowl. He was an outstanding coach, teacher and leader who consistently got the best out of his players and we eagerly anticipate welcoming him into our Ring of Honor this upcoming season.”

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]

15 COMMENTS

  1. Good for u Coach Kiffin! Ur Tampa Two Defense set the standard! What fun it was to watch them dogs hunt! If the Offense scored 10-14 points they stood a good chance of winning. Now put Hardy in the Ring of Honor as well! Great defense and some wonderful Buc players! Go Bucs!

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    • This was so Loong Overdue!
      Kiffin was the Key that unlocked the door to that defenses potential. He will leave a legacy behind that has produced multiple Super Bowl Winners & countless Hof players. There isn’t a team in the league that doesn’t run the Tampa Two or some variation of it….

      Tony Dungy has been enshrined in Canton and deservedly so for putting together some great coaching staffs this league has ever seen. Monte Kiffin was the best coach Tony Dungy ever Had! Some might argue Mike Tomlin well yeah but he was an assistant under Monte Kiffin. I believe next stop for Monte is Canton,OH and I don’t think I’m alone in saying this….

      Great job Glazers for doing the right thing!

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  2. Those were the best of times for us Bucs fans, and it couldn’t have happened without Coach Kiffin.

    Congrats, Coach, and thank you.

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  3. And thanks to Sam Wyche for the assist in handing Monte Kiffin Sapp, Brooks, Nickerson and Lynch.

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  4. May he rest in peace, Sam that is.

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  5. Love this selection, congrats Monte!

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  6. Wilder gets annoyed once again! Why don’t we have two inducted this season as Wilder is way overdue and deserves it too.

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  7. Well deserved.

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  8. First time I’ve ever seen responses to a feature that didn’t (as of yet) have any thumbs down!

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  9. @ Captain Sly – just a correction. Mike Tomlin came under Jon Gruden in 2001.

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  10. Oops – my mistake. You are right. Tomlin came under Dungy. 2001.

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  11. Great for Coach Kiffin. Happy for him. Well deserved.

    Yet still Angry as a Bucs Fan. James Wilder should have already been in this Ring of Honor.

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  12. Outstanding, The Bucs got something right for a change.

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  13. Tony Dungy hired Monte not Sam Wyche

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  14. Good deal loved Monte.

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