Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Information
League NFL.gif NFL
Conference NFC.png NFC
Division NFC South
Established 1976
Home field Raymond James Stadium
City Tampa, Florida
Uniforms
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Color White Alternate
Home Field
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Championships
League
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2002 • 2020
Super Bowls
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XXXVII • LV
Conference
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2002 • 2020
Division
6
1979 • 1981 • 1999
2002 • 2005 • 2007

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (often shortened as the Bucs) are a professional football team based in Tampa, Florida. They are currently members of the National Football League (NFL) as part of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the NFC South division. The team, along with the Seattle Seahawks, joined the NFL in 1976 as an expansion team. They have played home games at Raymond James Stadium since 1998.

When the franchise entered the league in 1976, the Buccaneers lost their first 26 games. After a brief winning era in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the team suffered through 14 consecutive losing seasons. During the 2002 season, the Buccaneers won Super Bowl XXXVII for their first NFL world championship.

In 2020, after acquiring Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, and Antonio Brown, the Buccaneers became the first team to make it to the Super Bowl in their own stadium and won Super Bowl LV for their second world championship. They are one of two teams to be undefeated with multiple Super Bowl appearances along with the Baltimore Ravens.

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Founding[edit | edit source]

Tampa Bay was awarded an expansion franchise for the 1976 season, along with the Seattle Seahawks. After several changes in ownership, a name-the-team contest resulted in the nickname "Buccaneers", a reference to the pirate legends of Southwest Florida.

The Buccaneers joined the NFL as members of the AFC West in 1976. The following year, they were moved to the NFC Central, while the other 1976 expansion team, the Seattle Seahawks, switched conferences with Tampa Bay and joined the AFC West. This realignment was dictated by the league as part of the 1976 expansion plan, so that both teams could play each other twice and every other NFL franchise once during their first two seasons. Instead of a traditional division schedule of playing each division opponent twice, the Buccaneers played every conference team once, plus the Seahawks.

When the franchise entered the league in 1976, the Buccaneers lost their first 26 games.

Membership[edit | edit source]

League affiliations
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Championships[edit | edit source]

Super Bowl XXXVII
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Qualcomm Stadium
San Diego, California
Raiders helmet.png Oakland Raiders 21
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MVP: Dexter Jackson (FS)

Led by the league's top defense, the 2002 campaign was the Buccaneers' most successful season to date, culminating with their first Super Bowl championship. Behind the head coaching style of former Green Bay Packers wide receivers coach, Jon Gruden, the team won the newly minted NFC South division with the team's best ever record, 12-4. The Bucs would go into the playoffs and defeat the San Francisco 49ers, then upset the Philadelphia Eagles in the last NFL game ever played at Veterans Stadium.

In Super Bowl XXXVII, the Buccaneers dismantled Gruden's former team, the Oakland Raiders, to claim their first NFL championship, winning 48–21. Tampa Bay's defense picked off five passes, running three of them back for touchdowns. After the Raiders led 3–0, Tampa Bay reeled off 34 unanswered points. Dexter Jackson was named the Super Bowl MVP for obtaining two of the team's five total interceptions. This was the last Super Bowl with a one week break between the conference championships and the last one played in January.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Achievements
AP Most Valuable Player Offensive Player of the Year Defensive Player of the Year Super Bowl MVP
1979 Selmon1.png Lee Roy Selmon 2002 EGraham1.png Dexter Jackson
1999 Sapp1.png Warren Sapp
2002 DBrooks1.png Derrick Brooks

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