Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a professional American football team based in Tampa, Florida.wikipedia
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NFC North

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After the season, the team switched conferences with the Seahawks and became a member of the NFC Central division.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were previously members, from 1977, one year after they joined the league as an expansion team, until 2001 when they moved to the NFC South.

Raymond James Stadium

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The club is owned by the Glazer family, and plays its home games at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
It is home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL) as well as the NCAA's South Florida Bulls football team.

NFC South

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The Buccaneers currently compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) South division.
The NFC South currently has four member clubs: the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Expansion team

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The club joined the NFL in as an expansion team, along with the Seattle Seahawks. The Buccaneers are the first post-merger expansion team to win a division championship, a playoff game, and to host and play in a conference championship game; all three accomplishments occurred during the 1979 season.
The soonest that any of the six expansion teams won a Super Bowl was 27 seasons (the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, established in 1976, won Super Bowl XXXVII in the 2002 season); none of the four teams to hold expansion drafts since 1995 have ever won that contest, with only one, the Carolina Panthers (who reached the game in their 9th and 21st seasons of existence) playing in the game.

Hugh Culverhouse

McCloskey soon entered a financial dispute with the NFL, so the league found a replacement in Hugh Culverhouse, a wealthy tax attorney from Jacksonville.
Hugh Franklin Culverhouse, Sr. (February 20, 1919 – August 26, 1994) was the American longtime owner of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL).

1979 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season

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The Bucs' situation improved rapidly in the 1979 season.
The Buccaneers added offensive threats to complement their solid defense; a healthy Doug Williams played his first full season and Ricky Bell became the team's first 1,000-yard back, rushing for a career-high 1,263 yards.

Malcolm Glazer

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The club is owned by the Glazer family, and plays its home games at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
He was the president and chief executive officer of First Allied Corporation, a holding company for his varied business interests, and owned both Manchester United of the Premier League and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League.

Ricky Bell (running back)

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With the maturation of quarterback Doug Williams and future four-time Pro Bowl tight end Jimmie Giles, the first 1,000-yard rushing season from running back Ricky Bell, and a smothering, league-leading defense led by future NFL Hall of Famer Lee Roy Selmon, the Bucs kicked off the season with five consecutive victories, a performance that landed them on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Ricky Lynn Bell (April 8, 1955 – November 28, 1984) was an American professional football player who was a running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Diego Chargers of the National Football League.

Seattle Seahawks

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The club joined the NFL in as an expansion team, along with the Seattle Seahawks.
The expansion draft was held March 30–31, 1976, with Seattle and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers alternating picks for rounds selecting unprotected players from the other 26 teams in the league.

1979 NFL season

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The Buccaneers are the first post-merger expansion team to win a division championship, a playoff game, and to host and play in a conference championship game; all three accomplishments occurred during the 1979 season.

Tampa Bay Rays

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The "Tampa Bay" in the names of local professional sports franchises, such as the Buccaneers, Rowdies, Rays, Lightning, and the former Storm and Mutiny, denotes that they represent the entire region, not just the city of Tampa.
The "Tampa Bay" in the names of local professional sports franchises, such as the Rays, Rowdies, Buccaneers, Lightning, and the former Storm and Mutiny, denotes that they represent the entire region, not just the city of Tampa.

1986 NFL Draft

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Included was the drafting of Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson with the first pick in the 1986 draft.
The first overall selection, Bo Jackson, had told the Buccaneers prior to the draft that he would refuse to sign with the team.

Steve Young

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Steve Young won with the 49ers and Trent Dilfer won with the Baltimore Ravens.
He also played for the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Los Angeles Express of the United States Football League (USFL).

Lee Roy Selmon

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With the maturation of quarterback Doug Williams and future four-time Pro Bowl tight end Jimmie Giles, the first 1,000-yard rushing season from running back Ricky Bell, and a smothering, league-leading defense led by future NFL Hall of Famer Lee Roy Selmon, the Bucs kicked off the season with five consecutive victories, a performance that landed them on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Selmon was selected by the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the first overall pick in the 1976 NFL draft.

John Lynch (American football)

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John Lynch, a future Pro Bowl strong safety, was drafted in 1993.
He played college football at Stanford University, and was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third round of the 1993 NFL Draft.

Warren Sapp

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In the 1995 NFL draft the Buccaneers drafted two future Hall of Famers: Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks.
Sapp played in the National Football League (NFL) from 1995 to 2007 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders, making the Pro Bowl seven times.

Tony Dungy

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The team's performance dramatically improved when the Glazers hired Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Tony Dungy as head coach, jettisoned the old uniform designs (see below).
Dungy was head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1996 to 2001, and head coach of the Indianapolis Colts from 2002 to 2008.

Trent Dilfer

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Steve Young won with the 49ers and Trent Dilfer won with the Baltimore Ravens.
Dilfer was drafted in the first round of the 1994 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and played for the team for six years.

Derrick Brooks

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In the 1995 NFL draft the Buccaneers drafted two future Hall of Famers: Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks.
He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of the 1995 NFL Draft, where he played his entire professional career.

Robert Irsay

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Culverhouse's handshake deal to purchase the Los Angeles Rams from the estate of Dan Reeves was thwarted by Robert Irsay's purchase of the team, which he then traded to Carroll Rosenbloom in exchange for the Baltimore Colts, a complete trade of teams between two owners.
His last-minute US $19 million bid for the Rams was $2 million more than that of future Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Hugh Culverhouse.

Hardy Nickerson

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Hardy Nickerson, a future 5-time Pro Bowl linebacker, signed as a free agent from the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Nickerson spent the prime of his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Mike Alstott

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Pro Bowl Fullback, Mike Alstott, was drafted the next year in the 1996 draft.
He spent his entire 12-year career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Lovie Smith

Dungy, with his even-tempered personality, quickly brought balance and morale to the team, and his Cover 2 defensive scheme, sharpened to perfection by defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and linebackers coach Lovie Smith, became the foundation for Tampa Bay's future success.
He was previously the head coach of the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL) from 2004 to 2012, and the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2014 to 2015.

Tampa Stadium

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The team's first home was Tampa Stadium, which had been built in 1967 to attract an NFL franchise and was expanded in 1974 to seat just over 72,500 fans.
The facility is most closely associated with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League, who played there from their establishment in 1976 until 1997.

Tampa Bay Mutiny

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The "Tampa Bay" in the names of local professional sports franchises, such as the Buccaneers, Rowdies, Rays, Lightning, and the former Storm and Mutiny, denotes that they represent the entire region, not just the city of Tampa.
The club was hampered by declining attendance and low revenues which were exacerbated by a lease agreement that which transferred most match day revenue to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, resulting in nability to secure a local ownership group.