BUCCANEERS HISTORICAL TIME TABLE
1974
Tampa Bay Awarded Franchise(4/24): The National Football League's 27th franchise is awarded to Tampa Bay.
Culverhouse Named Owner(12/15): Hugh F. Culverhouse, a Jacksonville attorney and real estate investor, is awarded The Tampa Bay Franchise.
1975
Team Nickname Announced(2/15): After reveiwing over 400 nickname possibilites, an advisory board announces that the teams new nick name will be The Buccaneers.
Bucaneers Unveil Logo and Colors(4/15): Ownership unveils a logo designed by Tampa Tribune artist Lamar Sparkman. The logo consisted of Florida Orange, white and red.
Stadium Expansion Begins<7/9): The beginning of a seat expansion to 72,000 seats from 46,700 seats begins. The 13 million doallr renovation is financed by The Tampa Sports Authority.
McKay named Coach(10/31): John McKay leaves USC, signing a five year contract to coach The Buccaneers.
Bucs Placed in a division(11/14): Tampa Bay is placed in the AFC West with the knowledge that they will be switched to the NFC Central next season.
1976
Veteran Allocation Draft(2/15): The Buccaneers add to their roster by selecting 39 players through the NFL's veteran allocation draft.
First Trade Announced(4/2): The Bucs make thier first trade in the teams history, acquiring Heisman Trophy winner Steve Spurrier from the San Francisco 49ers.
Selmon Drafted(4/8): The Bucs take Lee Roy Selmon with the first selection in the collegiate draft.
The Innugural Season Begins(7/31): The Bucs lose thier first ever preseason game to the Los Angeles Rams 26-3. The Bucs forst points are scored with a field goal by place kicker Paul Rajecki.
First Preseaon Victory(8/14): The Bucs win thier first preseason game, defeating the Atlanta Falocns 17-3 at the Jacksonville Gator Bowl.
Regular Season Opener(8/14): Tampa Bay loses its first regular season game 20-0 at Houston.
Green Scores First Regular Season Points(9/26): Place kicker David Green kicks a 39 yard field goal to score the franchises first regialr season points.
1977
First Regular Season Victory(12/11): The Bucs win their frist game ever by returning three interceptions for touchdowns, tying an NFL record, and defeating The New Orleans Saints 33-14 at New Orleans. The team was greeted by over 8,000 fans upon its return to Tampa.
Back to Back Wins(12/18): Tampa wins its first game at home, and first back-to-back victory.
1978
Tampa Hosts Pro Bowl(1/23): Tampa Stadium is site for the 1978 Pro Bowl.
Dubose Runs for 100 Yards(10/15): Runnung Back Jimmy Dubose becomes the first Buc to ever rush for 100 yards(24 carries, 109 yards).
Bell Reaches 1,000 Yard Mark(11/25): Running Back Ricky Bell becomes the first rusher in teams history to rush for over 1,000 yards.
Bucs Clinch First-Ever NFC Central Title(12/16): The Bucs defeat The Kansas City Cheifs 3-0, winning the NFC Central Division and clinching their first ever playoff berth.
Tampa Bay Wins First Playoff Game(12/29): The Bucs defeat the Philadelphia Eagles 24-17 in thier first playoff game.
1980
Bucs Finish One Game Short Of The SuperBowl(1/6): The Bucs fall short in the NFC Championship Game, one short of he Super Bowl, to the Los Angeles Rams.
Tampa Bay Makes Prime Time Debut(9/11): The Bucs appear for the first time on ABC's Prime Time Football Series(Thursday Night), avenging last years NFC Championship loss to the Rams.
Bucs Clinch Second NFC Title In Three Years(12/20): The Bucs defeat Detroit to secure their second NFC Title in three years.
1982
Tampa Bay Wins First Monday Night Game at Home(11/29): The Bucs defeat The Miami Dolphins 23-17, securing their first Monday NIght victory at Tampa Stadium
1983
Bucs Reach Playoffs for Third Time in Four Years(1/22): The Bucs rally back from a 17-point deficit as well as winning their last five out of six games in dramatic comeback fashion.
1984
Tampa Hosts Super Bowl XVIII(1/22): The Los Angeles Raiders defeat the Washington Redskins 38-9 in front of a crowd of 72,920 as Tampa hosts its first Super Bowl.
McKay Announces Resignation(11/5): Head Coach John McKay announes his resignation, which will be effective at the end of the season.
McKay's Final Game(12/16): Tampa defeats the New York Jets 41-21 in Coach John McKays final game as head coach. McKay finished his career 171-128-9, including a 44-88-1 record with Bucs as head coach.
1986
Selmon's Jersey Retired(9/7): Number 63, worn by Pro-Bowler Lee Roy Selmon, becomes the first and only jersey retired in Buccaneers history.
Perkin's Named Head Coach(12/31): Former Alabama Head Coach Ray Perkins as Bucs head coach and Vice President of Football Operations.
1987
Tampa Bay Awarded Super Bowl XXV(5/20): Tampa is awarded the Silver Anniversary Super Bowl to be played on January 27, 1991.
1989
Tampa Bay Beats Chicago for First Time Ever(10/8): The Bucs defeat the Chicago Bears in front of the largest crowd ever at a Bucs game, and ending a twelve year frustration of losses to Chicago.
1990
Perkins Fired(12/3): Head Coach Ray Perkins is releived of his coaching duties after the Bucs drop to 5-8.
1991
Giants Win Super Bowl XXV(1/23): The New York Giants win Super Bowl XXV beating Buffalo 21-19 at Tampa Stadium.
Williamson Named Head Coach(2/4): Richard Williamson becomes the Bucs new head coach, as well as Phil Krueger being named as the teams new general manager.
Selmon, Bell, and McKay Honored(12/8): Defensive End Lee Roy Selmon, runniong back Ricky Bell and Head Coach John McKay are inducted into the team's Krewe of Honor.
1992
Williamson Fired(12/27): Richard Williamson is fired after compiling a 4-15 record.
Wyche Named Head Coach(1/10): Former Cincinnati Bengals Head Coach Sam Wyche is named as Richard Williams replacement. Wyche becomes the fifth head coach in Bucs history.
Williams Inducted Into Krewe of Honor(9/6): QB Doug Williams becomes the third player inducted to the teams Krewe of honor.
1993
Bucs sign Nickerson as a Free Agent(3/18): Former Pittsburgh Steelers line backer Hardy Nickerson signs a three contract. Hardy will go on to become one of the Bucs best defensive players ever.
1994
Culverhouse Dies(8/25): Former Bucs owner Hugh Culverhouse dies of lung cancer. The team is placed under control by a three man trust left by Culverhouse.
McKay Named General Manager(11/8): Vice President of Football Operations Rich McKay is promoted to General Manager.
1995
Buccaneer Sold to Malcolm Glazer(1/16): NFL owners unanimously approve Glazers purchase of the Buccaneers.
Selmon Inducted into The Hall of Fame(7/29): Defensive End Lee Roy Selmon becomes the first buccaneer to be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame.
Wyche is Fired(12/27): The team announces that Sam Wyche will not return as head coach in 1996. Wyche leaves his post with a 23-41 record.
1996
Dungy Named Head Coach(1/22): Minnesota Defensive Coordinator Tony Dungy is named as the Buccaneers' sixth head coach.
Community Investment Tax Passes(9/3): Hillsborough County voters pass the Community Investment Tax by a 53-47% margin. The tax will fund the construction of a new stadium and practice facility as well as various other community projects.
Dungy Wins First Game(10/8): Tony Dungy earns his first victory as Buccaneer head coach with a 24-13 victory over his former team, the Minnesota Vikings.
1997
Buccaneers Unveil New Logo and Colors(4/9): The team unveils its eagerly anticipated new logo and color scheme at a noon downtown ceremony. The new logo, consisting of a red pirate flag with a skull and crossed swords, draws instant rave reviews. The team colors are Buccaneer red, pewter, black and orange.
Bucs Set Single-Game Attendance Mark(12/7): After setting a new single-game attendance record earlier in the season on 9/21 against Miami (73,314), the Bucs eclipse that mark when 73,523 are in atten
1998
NFL High Eight Bucs Play in Pro Bowl(2/1): A team record and NFL eight Bucs are selected to play in the Pro Bowl.
Dungy Receives New Contract(3/11): After tying the franchise record for victories in a season with 10, Head Coach Tony Dungy is rewarded by Owner Malcolm Glazer with a new five-year contract that essentially voids out his original contract. The new deal ensures Dungy will be with the team through the 2002 season.
Bucs Sell Out Inaugural Raymond James Stadium Season(8/2-8/15): For the first time in team history, the Buccaneers entire home schedule is sold out before the season begins. Though the Bucs will play seven straight road games (including pre-season) to open 1998, the entire sum of single-game tickets for the eight home games in Raymond James Stadium sells out on the first day of availability.
Bucs Begin Raymond James Era in True Fashion(9/20): Tampa defeats arch-rival Chicago 27-15 in beautiful Raymond James Stadium.
1999
Record Crowd Lifts Bucs to Monday Night Win(12/6): Tampa Bay beats Minneosta in front of a then-record crowd of 65,741.
2000
Bucs Claim First NFC Title in 18 Years(1/2): The Bucs beat Chicago 20-6 at Soldier Field to claim thier first NFC Central Division since 1981.
Bucs Trade for Jets Wide Receiver Keyshawn Johnson(4/12): The Bucs trade their two first round picks for two-time pro bowl wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson.
Sapp Sets Single Season Sack Record(11/26): Defensive Tackle Warren Sapp breaks Lee Roy Selmons single season franchise sack record by recording 13.5 sacks.
League High and Team Record Nine Bucs Play In Pro Bowl(2/4): Tampa Bay boasts a league high and team record nine players in the 2001 Pro Bowl in Hawaii.
John Mckay Dies(6/10): John McKay, the first coach in Bucs history, dies of kidney failure due to complications from diabetes at the age of 77.