The Tampa Bay Buccaneers honored their heritage at halftime of their game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. The Bucs unveiled their Ring of Honor with Hall-of-Fame defensive end Lee Roy Selmon being the first inductee. The Buccaneers also honored the 1979 NFC Central Division championship team, and wore their 1976 uniforms.
"I promised my family I wasn't going to cry," said Selmon. "Just seeing those players and just hugging them, it just brings back so many fond memories, and I know that is what this ring is about. It's not about me; it's about us as a team and the great privilege I had to be a member of that Buccaneer team and other Tampa Bay Buccaneer teams throughout my career. It's those folks that I remember the most and I am just humbled and overwhelmed by all this happening today."
Selmon, 55, played for the Bucs from 1976-84. The former first-round pick made six Pro Bowls and helped Tampa Bay's 1979 team earn a trip to the NFC Championship Game. A six-time Pro Bowler, Selmon's 78.5 career sacks still are the most in Bucs franchise history. Selmon was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995 and is currently the only Buccaneer to have accomplished that feat. He is the only player in franchise history to have his jersey number retired, number 63.
"It's great," said Selmon. "I'm amazed how the Glazer family has even dressed up the stadium with all the orange flags and cheerleaders in uniforms and ribbons around the stadium and all the folks. The main thing is look at the folks in orange. They really did go into their closets and pull out old stuff. I'm a little blown away by that really."
Among the players in attendance from the 1979 team was Selmon's brother Dewey Selmon, Doug Williams, Cecil Johnson, Richard ‘Batman' Wood, and Cedric Brown. Two coaches from the 1979 team were present, Tom Bass and Wayne Fontes.
The Buccaneers are planning on inducting one player per season into their Ring of Honor. Tampa Bay will wear their throwback uniforms in the next four seasons. The NFL requires teams to submit their jersey colors (home or away) before each regular season starts. The Bucs only intended to wear their orange and white throwback uniforms for today's game vs. Green Bay.
However, with the Bucs recording their first win of the season and snapping an 11-game losing streak Sunday, Tampa Bay head coach Raheem Morris suggested the Bucs might ask the league to consider allowing Tampa Bay to keep Bucco Bruce out of the closet a little longer.
"I don't know yet," said Morris. "We have to get into some negotiations to see if we can put on our orange some more. It would be nice. I'll go talk to ownership here in a little bit, maybe make some phone calls this weekend."