The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are adding two more members to their Ring of Honor this year, in an apparent effort to make it look as impressive as other team’s rings.
This season the Bucs will add former owner Malcolm Glazer and former Super Bowl-winning coach Jon Gruden to the ring, the team announced today.
Glazer will be inducted on Thursday Night Football on October 5, when the Bucs play the New England Patriots. Gruden will be inducted on December 18 on Monday Night Football, when the Bucs face the Atlanta Falcons. Gruden, of course, has been the Monday Night Football color commentator for years, so that’ll be interesting to see.
Gruden was one of the most successful coaches in Bucs history, leading the team to a Super Bowl in his first season in 2002. He never reached those heights again, nor did he win another playoff game, but he did add two division titles in 2005 and 2007 before being fired following the disappointing 2008 season—a move the Bucs might regret, given that they haven’t exactly had a lot of success since then.
Meanwhile, Glazer resuced the Bucs franchise for the Tampa Bay area by buying it in 1994 and keeping it in Tampa, albeit by getting taxpayers to fund his shiny new stadium. Glazer turned around a franchise that hadn’t had a winning season in over a decade, handing the reigns to Tony Dungy and Rich McKay, who ushered in a golden era for the Bucs with annual playoff appearances. Glazer sadly passed away in 2014 at the age of 85.
Glazer and Gruden join nine people already in the Bucs’ Ring of Honor: Lee Roy Selmon, John McKay, Jimmie Giles, Paul Gruber, Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks, Mike Alstott, Doug Williams and John Lynch.