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League Championships

2003 Super Bowl XXXIV

Conference Championships

2002 (NFC)

Division Championships

1979 (NFC Central)
1981 (NFC Central)
1999 (NFC Central)
2002 (NFC Central)

Years in Playoffs


Retired Numbers

#63 Lee Roy Selmon

Hall of Fame Members

Lee Roy Selmon
1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983 and 1984

Previous Stadiums

Houlihan's Stadium
(74,300) 1976-97
known as Tampa Stadium

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Team History

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The Buccaneers joined the NFL in 1976 as an expansion team. Former University of Southern California (USC) head coach John McKay was hired to pilot the club, but Tampa Bay’s first season was a dismal one. The club became the first team in NFL history to lose all 14 regular-season games, suffering five shutouts and fielding the conference’s worst offense and defense. The Buccaneers’ losing streak grew to a league-record 26 consecutive games as the club lost the first 12 games of its second season. Tampa Bay improved in 1978, winning five games behind running backs Ricky Bell and Anthony Davis, rookie quarterback Doug Williams, and brothers Lee Roy and Dewey Selmon, who played defensive end and linebacker, respectively. A year later, in 1979, the Buccaneers stunned the league, winning their first five games en route to a first-place tie with the Chicago Bears in the Central Division. Williams had an excellent season, and Bell ran for more than 1,250 yards. The Selmon brothers led a top-rated defense, and McKay was named coach of the year.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Franchise Information

Franchise Granted: 1976
First Season: 1976
Franchise History:
    1976 - Present Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL)

A team advisory board reviewed 400 name possibilities and with Tampa Bay having a strong mariner history it swayed their decision to select the Buccaneers.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Stadium

Raymond James Stadium

4201 N. Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33607
Surface Grass
Seating 65,657
Opened Sept. 20, 1998
Phone (813)673-4300
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Chronological History

1976 - The Buccaneers join the NFL as an expansion team. John Mckay (Former USC Coach) is signed on as head coach. Sadly, the team lost all 14 regular season games.

1977 - Things didn't get any better as the Buccaneers lost their first 12 games of the season, expanding their losing streak to 26 consecutive games.

1978 - The Buccaneers win 5 games this season. Slowly the Buccaneers were finding their footing.

1979 - The Buccaneers stunned the league by winning their first 5 games of the season and tying the Chicago Bears for the Central Division title.

1981 - After enduring a season of constant injuries in the previous year, the Buccaneers rebound and qualify for the postseason. Sadly, they are knocked out in the first round.

1982 - The Buccaneers again qualify for postseason play, but are knocked out in the first round.

1996 - Tony Dungy is recruited to assume head coaching duties. He promptly rebuilds the team with a youthful roster.

1997 - The re-built Buccaneers start with a bang by winning their first 5 games of the season. They finish with a 10-6 win-loss record and qualify for postseason play for the first time in 15 years.

2003 - In January of 2003, at the end of the franchise’s 27th season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers became home to the Lombardi Trophy after a 48-21 victory over Oakland in Super Bowl XXXVII