What Bucs Deserve To Be In The Team’s Ring Of Honor?


COVID-19 disrupted various issues within the NFL final season, a kind of being former Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin’s induction within the Bucs Ring of Honor. The plan is to have Kiffin get his honor in some unspecified time in the future within the 2021 season, though the precise date has but to be introduced.

However after Kiffin, is the Glazer household operating out of worthy candidates? Definitely there are a variety of present gamers who will find yourself within the ring – guys like linebacker Lavonte David, receiver Mike Evans, maybe Chris Godwin someday together with Shaq Barrett or Ali Marpet and so forth. However in there meantime – which means the following 5 to 10 years – who might we see go in? Who ought to we see go in?

The toughest half shouldn’t be realizing the precise formulation that the Glazer household makes use of to make the choices. Just like the Colonel’s secret 11-herb and spice recipe at KFC, only a few individuals know the precise standards for the way a participant is chosen to obtain the respect.

With that stated, I’ve give you three gamers to me which can be no-brainers. Let me know in case you agree, disagree or have some others you are feeling are worthy candidates.

1. DE Simeon Rice

Truthfully I’m shocked Rice isn’t already within the crew’s ring of Honor. Rice was a terrific signing for Tampa Bay in 2001 after coming off a monster 16.5-sack season two years earlier than in Arizona. In his first 12 months in Tampa Bay Rice recorded 11 sacks, to go together with 64 tackles and two compelled fumbles.

Former Bucs DE Simeon Rice – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

The next 12 months, Rice would assist Tampa Bay lastly recover from the hump, beat the Eagles in Philadelphia within the playoffs and attain the Tremendous Bowl the place the crew beat Oakland in San Diego. Rice had 15.5 sacks, 50 tackles and even an interception.

In 2003 whereas the Bucs solely completed 7-9, it wasn’t as a result of Rice wasn’t doing his half as he notched 15 extra quarterback takedowns, had two interceptions and a whopping six compelled fumbles with 50 extra tackles.

Rice’s dominance carried on for 2 extra seasons with the Buccaneers as he had 12 and 14 sacks in every of the following two years, and added two extra QB captures in an injury-riddled season in 2006, his final with Tampa Bay.

Rice, a two-time Professional Bowler in Tampa Bay, ended his Bucs profession with 69.5 sacks, leaving him behind simply Warren Sapp, and possibly Lee Roy Selmon. Sadly for Selmon sacks didn’t turn out to be an official stat till 1982.

Rice deserves not simply the Bucs Ring of Honor distinction, however severe consideration for the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame after a profession that noticed him accumulate 122 profession sacks, 471 tackles, 28 compelled fumbles and 5 interceptions.

No. 2 RB James Wilder

While you lookup the phrase “workhorse” within the dictionary, an image of Wilder ought to be proven. The truth is in case you labored an animal as exhausting because the Bucs labored Wilder you’d have PETA and different animal advocacy teams claiming cruelty. And it was exhausting typically to see Wilder take the bodily pounding on some actually unhealthy Bucs groups.

However all Wilder did was produce, typically in NFL anonymity.

Need to know the way helpful Wilder was to the franchise? Simply take a look at some data Wilder, who made the Professional Bowl in 1984, nonetheless holds 32 years after he final carried a soccer for the Buccaneers.

Most profession speeding makes an attempt by a operating again: 1,575 – 1981-89
Most speeding yards by a operating again in a single season: 1,544 – 1984
Most carries by a operating again in a single season: 407 – 1984
Most speeding touchdowns in a season: 13 – 1984 
Most TDs by a non-quarterback in a season: 13 – 1984 (Tied with WR Mike Evans)
Most touchdowns in a two-year interval: 23 – 1984-85
Most receptions by a operating again in a single season: 85 – 1984
Most receiving yards by a operating again in a single season: 675 – 1984
Most complete offensive yards by a Buccaneer in a single season: 2,229 – 1984
Most profession complete offensive yards by a Buccaneer: 9,449 yards – 1981-89

After a 17-14 loss towards the New York Giants in 1984 during which Wilder amassed 177 complete yards and a landing, Corridor of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor known as him the best operating again he’d ever confronted. Giants head coach Invoice Parcells stated: “I used to be impressed. I’d by no means see him earlier than in particular person, and I’m undecided I care to see him once more.”

I believe you get my level. If Wilder isn’t chosen quickly, then simply tear the entire thing down as there isn’t any legitimacy to it anyway.

3. LB Hardy Nickerson

Once in a while, soccer gamers get the outline of being tremendous good guys off the sphere, however as soon as the pads come on, they turn out to be a very completely different particular person. Of all of the gamers I’ve lined and seen play for the Buccaneers, Nickerson most closely fits that persona.

Former Bucs LBs Hardy Nickerson and Derrick Brooks - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Former Bucs LBs Hardy Nickerson and Derrick Brooks – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

For those who bumped into Nickerson in road garments out of the constructing he might really be a reasonably shy particular person, had a bashful smile and was fairly low-key. However add a pair of shoulders pads, a helmet, some cleats and inform him it’s time for kickoff and also you higher get out of his manner.

Nickerson joined the Bucs as a “Plan B” free agent in 1993 as Tampa Bay was within the midst of the darkest stretch in franchise historical past. The crew hasn’t been to the playoffs in 11 years when Nickerson got here to the Bucs from the Steelers and he was shocked at how completely different the 2 franchises have been ran. Nickerson quickly set to work. ruling the locker room with an iron fist, one which he wasn’t afraid to make use of on teammates who he thought have been coasting. His 214 tackles in 1993 are nonetheless a Bucs single-season document.

It took a number of seasons – and higher draft courses – however everyone knows issues lastly brogan to vary. And Nickerson doesn’t get almost the credit score he deserves for the turnaround the franchise had within the late 90’s. Whereas all of us level to Tony Dungy, Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks because the catalysts for the change in fortunes in Tampa Bay, make no mistake, it began with Nickerson, who helped information the best way to respectability.

Over his Buccaneer profession Nickerson, a five-time Professional Bowler, collected 956 tackles, 13 compelled fumbles, 9 sacks, and 7 interceptions. Whereas these are excellent and spectacular numbers, the successful mentality he introduced from the Steelers group could be his largest contribution.

Cannon Blast

Here’s a enjoyable clip of Nickerson with a British group discussing a handful of his finest performs as a Buccaneer.


Final Snort

The 1999 model of Mark Cook dinner raises his hand.


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