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Coach John McKay to be inducted into Bucs Ring of Honor



The first player in franchise history will be followed into the Bucs' Ring of Honor by their first coach.

John McKay, the legendary Southern Cal coach who lost his first 26 games in the NFL before taking the Bucs to within one game of the Super Bowl in his fourth season, will posthumously have the honor bestowed.

He joins Hall of Fame defensive end Lee Roy Selmon, the first player ever selected by McKay and the Bucs, into the Ring of Honor.

A formal announcement is scheduled Wednesday afternoon, when the Bucs will reveal that they plan to wear throwback orange jerseys at a Dec. 5 game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Falcons president Rich McKay and his family will obviously be in Tampa that day to accept the honor on behalf of coach McKay.

McKay died in 2001 at the age of 77. He coached the first nine years in club history, retiring after the 1984 season with a 44-88-1 record. He won two division titles and led the Bucs to the playoffs in 1981 and '82. The 1979 season put the Bucs on the map as they won the division title, upset the Philadelphia Eagles in the playoffs then lost 9-0 to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship Game at Tampa Stadium.

McKay won four national championships at USC before owner Hugh Culverhouse convinced him to take over Tampa Bay's expansion team for the 1976 season.

"He should be in there,'' said former Bucs quarterback Doug Williams, who played for McKay. "It's not a surprise. He led them to the playoffs for the first time.''


[Last modified: Monday, July 19, 2010 2:42pm]


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