Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tickets

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

One of the first expansion teams in the NFL, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had an up and down ride for most of their thirty-plus year history. Affectionately referred to as the "Bucs", the highlight of their team history was their Super Bowl victory in 2002.

Alongside the Seattle, Tampa Bay would be one of the first cities to receive an all new team in NFL history. Struggling through their brief stay in the AFC West, the Buccaneers would end their first season with a disheartening 0-14 record. In a classic tale of going from worst to first, Tampa Bay would top the NFC Central Division in 1979.

With a new energy behind them, the Bucs would be regular visitors to the playoffs between 1979 and 1982. However, unable to keep key players on the team, Tampa Bay quickly fell into a decade long slump. It wasn't until their resurgence in the late 90s that the team would once again become a major threat to other teams.

Since 1997, the Buccaneers have regularly attended the playoffs and almost always been a serious contender. In 2002, the Bucs would finally join their geographically correct division, the AFC South. Their crowning achievement was their one and only Super Bowl win against Oakland in 2002. Led by former Raider's coach Jon Gruden, Tampa Bay utterly dismantled the Raiders' offense, forcing five turnovers and winning by an impressive margin in the 48-21 massacre.

Bucs fans can be seen partying beside a giant replica pirate ship located in the upper decks of the Raymond James Stadium. The "Ray-Jay" has been hosting Buccaneers games since 1998 and has twice hosted the Super Bowl. Featuring some of the best turf in the NFL, Tampa Bay boasts some of the best kept grounds in the game.

Although hall of famer Steve Young briefly played for Tampa Bay, the only HOF player who spent his career with the Bucs is Lee Roy Selmon. A first round draft pick in 1976, Selmon would join the Buccaneers as the fledgling team first entered the NFL. For years, this dominating defensive lineman would tear apart the offense. In 1979, he was hailed as the Defensive Player of the Year. His career with the Bucs would continue until in 1986 when injuries prematurely ended his career. In his honor, the Buccaneers have retired his jersey, number 63.

Today, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers remain a serious contender. Led by Byron Leftwich at quarterback, the Bucs are looking to bring home their second championship.