Bucs' Ring of Honor ceremony, throwback game separate this year
The Bucs introduced Paul Gruber as the newest member of their Ring of Honor today, but there will be a bit of a change in the Ring of Honor game this season.
Because the Bucs have chosen to honor the 1997 team for the Ring of Honor ceremony -- to be held on Oct. 14 against the Chiefs -- they obviously can't wear creamsicle orange. The '97 team, as you probably know, was the first to wear the current red and pewter. It also was the first team to return to the playoffs, ending a drought that dated to 1982. The Bucs could have celebrated any of Gruber's teams during his ceremony, but the '97 team was the first team he played on that really merits recognition.
So, does that spell the end of throwbacks?
Nope, says co-chairman Bryan Glazer. He announced today that the Bucs will wear their popular throwbacks the following week, on Oct. 21 against the Saints.
The Bucs are 1-2 on throwback Sundays, having beaten the Packers in 2009, but losing the Falcons and Panthers the past two seasons, respectively. Can they even their record in games played while wearing orange?