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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will play in their second-ever Super Bowl, having won the previous time, back in 2003.

The Buccaneers’ first season spent in the AFC West, but after that they were shifted to the NFC. From 1977, they played in the NFC Central but since 2001, they’ve been a mainstay of the NFC South.

Background

The Buccaneers entered the NFL as an expansion team in 1976 along with the Seattle Seahawks.

They had one of the worst debuts in American sports, starting 0-26 before getting their first win in their second season.

John McKay, the Bucs head coach in that 0-14 first season, is famous for his reply to a reporter who asked about his “offensive line’s execution.” McKay said, “I’m in favour of it.”

Stadiums

The Bucs have only ever played in two stadiums, the first of which was Tampa Stadium, a 74,000 seater that was opened in 1967 and refurbished just before the first NFL season in 1976. It’s unique look gave it the nickname ‘The Big Sombrero.

Raymond James Stadium is the current home of the Bucs (and the host of this year’s Super Bowl) and seats more than 65,000. It’s hosted two previous Super Bowls and the 2017 college football National Championship game.

Owners

  • Hugh Culverhouse, a tax attorney from Jacksonville, owned the team until his death in 1994.
  • Culverhouse had a handshake deal to buy the Los Angeles Rams but when the seller reneged on the deal, he was offered an expansion franchise, originally Seattle which he refused.
  • After his death, his son and his trustees put the team up for sale, originally attracting interest from New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos.
  • They were all outbid by Malcolm Glazer, a onetime watchmaker who built a multi-national holding company.
  • Malcolm Glazer passed away in 2014, but his sons now run the company which also includes Manchester United.

Logos

The original colours were orange and white and the logo was a swashbuckling pirate that by design was completely different from that of the Oakland Raiders. A comedian once called it “the pirate that strikes fear into the hearts of no one.” In 1997 the Bucs changed to their current pewter and red look. The logo was changed to a skull on a flag and although there have been a couple of tweaks, it’s pretty much the same as it was in ’97.

Super Bowls

The Buccaneers have only played one previous Super Bowl, where they beat the Oakland Raiders. Ironically the Bucs’ winning head coach that day was current Raiders coach Jon Gruden.

2003 (XXVII): Beat Oakland 48-21