The Original Hard Knocks: The 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

TAMPA, FL - FILE: Hall of Fame defensive end Lee Roy Selmon is inducted into the Buccanners Ring of Honor at halftime of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game against the Green Bay Packers at Raymond James Stadium on November 8, 2009 in Tampa, Florida. It was reported that former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Lee Roy Selmon has been hospitalized after suffering a stroke September 3, 2011. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

Tonight, another season of the annual Hard Knocks series starts, airing on HBO. Each year, one team volunteers to open up their training camp for NFL Films and HBO, giving the fans a look at the life of an NFL player. It's always interesting, even though the drama is always overdone. It's doubtful that this would actually ever help a team win, and given Greg Schiano's penchant for secrecy, we'll likely never see the Bucs on Hard Knocks during his tenure. But fear not, Bucs fans, we do have footage of the Bucs in training camp - or rather, the 1976 Bucs.

In the first year of the Bucs' existence, the team opened its doors for NFL Films. The result was an interesting film: Birth of the Bucs, a film about the makings of a historic failure in the NFL. The NFL Films blog takes it away:

While BIRTH OF THE BUCS deals exclusively with the Buccaneers' summer camp, the first thing that strikes you about the film is that it perfectly captures a disaster-in-the-making. The Bucs' inaugural season would be historic, in the Hindenburg sense. Their 0-14 record established a new standard for pro football futility. The team was shut out 5 times and averaged 9 points a game. No team in NFL history has ever been as bad as those Bucs, and you can see how the seeds of their impending troubles were sown during training camp. Yet, another striking aspect of BIRTH OF THE BUCS is how stylish it is - awfulness never looked or sounded so good.

Interesting, but if you want to see the footage - and trust me, you want to see the footage - you can head over to that very same NFL Films blog and view a lot of clips from Birth of the Bucs. It's worth a watch, even if it isn't about the current Buccaneers.

Of course, if you do want to see the current Buccaneers on Hard Knocks, you'll have to wait one week. The Bucs play the Miami Dolphins on Friday, and that's sure to be featured in next week's Hard Knocks episode.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Bucs Nation

You must be a member of Bucs Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bucs Nation. You should read them.

Join Bucs Nation

You must be a member of Bucs Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bucs Nation. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker