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On September 24th of this year, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will enshrine their first winning coach in the franchise’s history upon his departure. That man is Tony Dungy who compiled a record of 54 wins and 42 losses during his 6-year tenure as the Bucs Head Coach. The Buccaneers were seen as a joke at the time that Dungy took the job in 1996 and things didn’t start off promising as the team went 6-10 in his first season. But the Bucs were able to create a sense of hope at the end of that season as they pulled together a few impressive wins to end the season on a high note. This would be his sole losing season during his time as the Bucs Head Coach
This isn’t the first time Tony Dungy has been honored for his efforts as a head coach, he was enshrined in the Colts’ ring of honor in 2010 where he won his first and last Super Bowl in 2007. Dungy may not have been around to coach the Bucs to their 2003 Super Bowl win in San Diego, but he got the team to be a playoff caliber squad that was perfected into a Super Bowl winner by his successor Jon Gruden.
Tony Dungy also took take the Buccaneers to the playoffs four times during his tenure as their head coach was there to watch the beginnings of many great players get their start. This includes Hall of Famer Warren Sapp, who was one of the great pioneers of the Tampa 2 Defense that would help made the Bucs a tough team to face at their own field.
The Buccaneers will host the Pittsburgh Steelers that day on Monday Night Football in week 3 September 24th of this year. Hopefully the Bucs can give their former coach a lovely night to remember against Big Ben & Co.