The 2016-2017 season was a rollercoaster ride for the Buccaneers’ fans. The season kicked off with a change in the team’s front office and ended with a nail-biting win against the Carolina Panthers. Despite obvious ups and downs, the Buccaneers finished the last season with a division win, their first winning season in six years.
The latest NFL season will bring significant additions to the Buccaneers side. These include Wide Receiver DeSean Jackson, Tight End OJ Howard, Safety Justin Evans, another Wide Receiver Chris Godwin and Right Back Jeremy Nichols. With additions, there will be a couple of subtractions as well. The first on the list is QB Mike Glennon. Having spent three seasons with the Buccaneers, Glennon signed a 3 year $45 million contract with the Chicago Bears in March 2017. In his place, 23 year old Jameis Winston will take on the reigns with GM Jason Licht providing him all the support.
This season, the Buccaneers are locked and loaded and ready to make an impact on the NFC playoff picture. With a young and hungry roster, Tampa Bay has their sights set on claiming the NFC South and bringing home another Super Bowl trophy. Aside from battling with cross-state rivals the Miami Dolphins and the Jacksonville Jaguars for bragging rights, Tampa Bay will have to defeat division rivals, the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons, who seek to halt their aspirations.
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Standout Moments in Tampa Bay Buccaneers History
First NFL Win 1977 – On December 11, 1977, the Bucs earned their first NFL victory after defeating the New Orleans Saints in their hometown, the Louisiana Superdome. The Buccaneers turned three interceptions into touchdowns and tied an NFL record. They won the game 33-14 to the roar of 8000 fans in the stadium.
Super Bowl 2003 – The Bucs’ defense went head-to-head with the top-ranking defense of that year’s NFL— the Oakland Raiders. Tampa won their first and only Super Bowl 48-21 and set a Super Bowl record of five interceptions. On January 26, 2003, in front of 67,603 fans at the Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California, CB Dwight Smith turned two interceptions into touchdowns. This was a key factor in the Buccaneer’s victory.
First Hall of Fame Induction 1995 – Lee Roy Selmon, the Buccaneers’ former defensive end and first draft pick, became the franchise’s first ever player to be inducted into the Pro football Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place in Canton, Ohio.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Arch Rivals
Florida Panthers – The two teams first faced off in 1995 and then moved to the NFC South Division. Since then, the two teams have met during playoffs. Panthers/Buccaneers games are known for being extremely physical with many players getting seriously injured on both sides. Kavika Pittman’s career-ending injury to the knee and Chris Simms’ ruptured spleen are just some of the examples of injuries contracted in their games.
New Orleans Saints – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New Orleans Saints met in 1977 for the first time. Despite being in different divisions at the time, the Saints and Buccaneers had regular pre-season games against one another. The Saints have particularly given Tampa a hard time in the 2016-2017 season. Let’s see if Tampa can regain their lead in the 2017 NHL season.
Greatest Players in Tampa Bay Buccaneers History
Cadillac Williams is one of the top running backs in Tampa Bay’s history. His aggressive playing style on the field is what has kept his memory alive in Bucs fans today. 2005-2010 Williams maintained a rushing record and retired from the team as the fourth in Tampa history in rushing yardage.
Jimmie Giles (1978-1986) is considered one of the greatest catchers in Bucs’ history. A fan-favorite, Giles tops Tampa’s franchise record in receiving yards and receptions. During his tenure, he helped the Buccaneers become one of the strongest defensive sides in the NFL. He was selected four times for the Pro Bowl following in the footsteps of the mighty Lee Roy Selmon and John McKay.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Live Games
Raymond James Stadium offers a one of a kind experience game-day experience for all Buccaneer fans. The stadium hosts a 103-foot, 43–ton steel-and-concrete replica pirate ship, which fires soft-rubber footballs and confetti each time that the Buccaneers score points or enter the other team's red zone. An animatronic parrot sits on the stern of the pirate ship and frequently talks to passing fans during games.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are all set to welcome both teams and fans to the Raymond James Stadium this season.
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