Florida’s NFL team is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – a professional American Football team that is based in Tampa, The Buccaneers currently play for the NFC South Division of the National Football Conference in the National Football League. The team doesn’t have as much history as some of the others, it was originally established in 1974 and joined the NFL in 1976 as an expansion team, the same year the Seattle Seahawks joined. It played its inaugural season in the AFC West division in the American Football Conference. However, just before the start of the 1977 season, it switched conferences and divisions with the Seattle Seahawks – and became an official NFC team in the Central Division.
When the league realigned in 2002, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, along with three NFC West teams joined to make the new NFC South division. As it stands, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers team is owned by the Glazer Family and plays home games at the Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, with its headquarters at One Buccaneer Place, Tampa.
All About The Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Since joining the NFL in 1976, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have enjoyed two Super Bowls championship wins. Moreover, alongside the Baltimore Ravens, they are the only teams who have yet to be defeated in more than one Super Bowl appearance. However, things didn’t always look so great for the team.
For most of their first two decades in the league, they were seen by many as a losing franchise – having suffered 26 back to back losses in those first couple of seasons – which included their winless first season. They also suffered 14 consecutive losing seasons between 1983 and 1996. That said, they put this aside and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers became the first post-merger expansion team to win a division title, go on to win a playoff match, then host a conference championship – all of which they managed in their fourth season – 1979.
The team had managed to improve its reputation by the time they won their first Championship in 2002 – which was the first Super Bowl ever won by a franchise that was established after the 1970 merger. However, their franchise-record soon dropped and they failed to win any more playoff games until they won their second Super Bowl championship in 2020. Aside from this relatively impressive Super Bowl success, and despite being the current defending Super Bowl Champions, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the lowest winning percentage in the league – which, to date, is just 0.404.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Player Personnel
- Owner: The Glazer family
- Chairman: Bryan Glazer, Joel Glazer and Edward Glazer
- Head coach: Bruce Arians
- General manager: Jason Lich
One of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ biggest strengths throughout its history is its immense defense. This all started in 1976 when they drafted the Hall of Fame defensive end, Lee Roy Selmon, with their first pick. There have also been three Tampa Bay Buccaneers players that have been given the title of the AP Defensive Player of the Year. This has been one of the reasons that the team has led the NFL on total defense three times – including their Super Bowl-winning 2002 season. Their strong defense was also a big factor in their run-up to the Super Bowl 2020 – and their second win. Most of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers players in the Hall of Fame are key defensive players.
The Tampa Bay team unveiled three new uniform designs in April 2020, which takes inspiration from its 1997-203 uniform and incorporates some new and modern elements – such as the enlarged flag and crossed-swords logo and the ship logo on the sleeves.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Main Rivalries
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers main rivals are:
The Carolina Panthers
Both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers are a part of the NFC South division, which makes a rivalry between the two teams hard to avoid, given that they play each other at least twice every season. However, unfortunately, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers success being hit and miss over recent years, this has meant that often the matchup between these two teams at the end part of the season has been meaningless – as there has been nothing much at stake with the Panthers often being the team reaching the NFC Championship game. In terms of overall record, since 1995 to date, their record is 24-18 in favor of the Carolina Panthers.
New Orleans Saints
Again, these are two divisional rival teams, which means there will always be strong competition between the two. However, things between the Saints and Buccaneers became even more interesting in the 2020-21 season when Tom Brady, the former New England Patriots Quarterback signed up to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This change of teams, when Brady faces his old team, will surely mean that these matchups will become must watch TV – and must-win games for the Buccaneers, especially in the upcoming seasons when Brady will go head to head against Brees. Another addition to this saga is the fact that the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, Jameis Winston, the player replaced by Brady is now playing as Brees’ backup in the Saints team. So, if Brees ever goes out and Winston has to pay against his former team and Brady it could get even more fun! To date, the regular-season record between these two teams stands at 38-22 in favor of the Saints.
Both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Atlanta Falcons have both filled their squads full of impressively strong, potent and talented offenses in the last few seasons – which means that the matchups between these two division rivals is always high scoring and always exciting – and highly entertaining for fans. This looks set to continue as well – and the Falcons could well make it more difficult for the Buccaneers to crack postseason qualification with a strong enough defense. The Falcons have a strong veteran quarterback, Matt Ryan, as well as tasty newcomer, Todd Gurley as running back alongside the excellent wide receiver Julio Jones, which means that this team has the potential to go confidently toe to toe with any team in the division – and that includes the Buccaneers. However, in the all-time record, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lead the way to date with 30 wins to the Falcons 17.
Other rivalries include New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles and Las Vegas Raiders.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Facts
The main facts you need to know about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers…
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Nicknames
- Fearsome Foursome between 1965 and 1969
- The Greatest Show on Turf between 1999 and 2001
- Mob Squad between 2015 and 2018
They have beat the other NFL Clubs for Super Bowl Championships wins twice:
- 2002 – Super Bowl XXXVII
- 2020 – Super Bowl LV
NFL/NFC Conference Championships
In Tampa Bay’s franchise history, they have won the Conference Championships 2 times:
- 2002 and 2020
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have won 7 division championships – 3 NFC Central Division titles:
Plus the NFL team has won 4 NFC South Division titles:
Playoff Berth Appearances
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been in the NFC playoffs 12 times since they were first established:
1979, 1981, 1982, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2020 and 2021
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Home Fields
Since they were first created, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had two home fields:
- The Tampa Stadium between 1976 and 1997.
- Raymond James Stadium from 1998 until present day
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pro Football Hall of Famers
- No. Player Position Dates Induction
- 63 Lee Roy Selmon DE 1976–1984 1995
- 8 Steve Young QB 1985–1986 2005
- 64 Randall McDaniel OG 2000–2001 2009
- 99 Warren Sapp DT 1995–2003 2013
- 55 Derrick Brooks LB 1995–2008 2014
- 81 Tim Brown WR 2004 2015
- 47 John Lynch S 1993–2003 2021
Coaches and Contributors
- Name Position Seasons Inducted
- Ron Wolf GM/VP 1976–1978 2015
- Tony Dungy Coach 1996–2001 2016
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Most Valuable Player Awards
Here are all the Most Valuable Player Awards (MVP) received by Tampa Bay Buccaneers players:
- Season Player Position
- 2021 Tom Brady QB
Tampa Bay Buccaneers FAQs
Where Can I Bet on NFL Draft Fantasy Menu Games?
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Can I Bet on the Buccaneers Winning the Super Bowl?
For anyone who lives in a state where betting is legal, then it’s easy. Choose your site with top user experience – live streaming, audio gallery, promo offers etc. Then open search settings, click on Super Bowl, menu, teams and search for the Buccaneers. You will be able to make different types of wager- Moneyline, Totals, Against the Spread and also props bets such as single-player playlist playoffs performances – betting on who scores etc.
Research your bet first – follow the team’s Instagram, Twitter, Facebook pages etc for anything that might affect the outcome. Keep your eye on the location network news, pause – then decide whether the Buccaneers are worth the odds. If so, place your stake!