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Which teams used the right combination of free agency and the draft to get better on paper this spring? » Blog Archive » Jameis Winston, Chicken Wings & Doug Williams - Tampa Bay Bucs Blog, Buccaneers News
Tampa Bay fans have heard about how Bucs icon and new Ring of Honor inductee Doug Williams is helping mentor Jameis Winston.

WATCH: Ring of Honor Videos
Every video from Wednesday's Ring of Honor announcement.

Alstott, Williams Selected for Ring of Honor
For the first time since its inception, the Buccaneers Ring of Honor will welcome two new members in 2015, as all-time fan favorites Mike Alstott and Doug Williams will be inducted in separate ceremonies.

Koetter’s Scheme Should Make Bucs’ Offense – And Line – Better In 2015 | Pewter Report
Bucs head coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht took over a 4-12 football team following the 2013 season and after a flurry of free agent signings,

Surprise! Bucs Introduce FB Alstott, QB Williams Into Ring Of Honor | Pewter Report
On Tuesday, the Buccaneers announced that former quarterback Doug Williams would become the sixth member of the team's Ring of Honor at Raymond James Stadium.

Williams' Bucs Ring Of Honor Induction Well Deserved Despite Lack Of Stats | Pewter Report
While not putting up terrific numbers, former Tampa Bay QB Doug Williams is a deserving member of the Bucs Ring of Honor.

Legendary Bucs QB Williams Believes In Winston, Likes His Charisma | Pewter Report
Legendary Bucs QB Doug Williams said he's been talking to Jameis Winston for years and believes in Tampa Bay's new, young signal caller.

Mike Alstott joins Doug Williams in Ring of Honor
TAMPA, Fla. -- The fact that Doug Williams was going into the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Ring of Honor was known in advance.That’s why it was surprising to see two chairs on the auditorium stage.

Doug Williams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers build bridge to the past
Williams distanced himself from the team and the Bucs kept selecting a string of other former greats for spots in the Ring of Honor.

Evan Smith: Tampa Bay Buccaneers were hurting without coordinator
Veteran offensive lineman excited to be working under new coordinator Dirk Koetter this season.

Bucs’ Lovie Smith calls Bowden comments ‘disappointing’ | and The Tampa Tribune
TAMPA — A day after Bobby Bowden asserted that Jameis Winston was widely considered an “embarrassment’’ by the Florida State community, Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith defended the team’s rookie quarterback and termed Bowden’s remarks “disappointing.’’

Williams, Alstott named to Bucs’ Ring of Honor | and The Tampa Tribune
TAMPA — Doug Williams learned more than a week ago that he would not be the only player inducted into the Buccaneers Ring of Honor this year. So did Mike Alstott.

Williams, Bucs a big part of each other’s history | and The Tampa Tribune
TAMPA — This is how it should be.

Lovie Smith defends Winston against Bowden criticism | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — Bucs coach Lovie Smith, known for stopping high-powered attacks, went on the defensive Wednesday for rookie QB Jameis Winston.

Williams, Alstott picked for Bucs Ring of Honor | Tampa Bay Times
After two messy separations from the Bucs, Doug Williams wasn't waiting by the telephone to learn if he had been named to the team's Ring of Honor. One of the franchise's most prolific passers is used to being passed over.

Doug Williams on Bucs: "There's No Hard Feelings" (Video)
Doug Williams talks about joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ring of Honor, his feelings on Hugh Culverhouse and diversity still being an issue in the NFL.

Bucs' Mike Alstott: "I Loved Being a Kid Each and Every Day"
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers named Mike Alstott to the Bucs Ring of Honor. Hear what it means to him to have his name forever etched in Raymond James Stadium.

Doug Williams Induction to Bucs Ring of Honor Long Overdue
The Bucs Ring of Honor felt a bit odd without Doug Williams, one of the earliest icons in franchise history, but now he's home (again). » Blog Archive » Doug Williams Talks Racist Hate Mail, Dominik Disagreement, Josh Freeman Snub & More - Tampa Bay Bucs Blog, Buccaneers News
Before Tampa Bay celebrates iconic Doug Williams this afternoon at One Buc Palace, where it officially will be revealed that Williams is the 2015 Ring of Honor inductee, Joe wants your attention on important Williams history — and Bucs history.

Skin Deep -
Doug Williams redefined the quarterback position by overcoming racial stereotypes and adversity.