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John McKay is second inductee into Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ring of Honor

TAMPA — The first player in franchise history will be followed into the Bucs' Ring of Honor by the team's first coach.

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

He joins Hall of Fame DE Lee Roy Selmon, the first player selected by McKay and the Bucs, in the Ring of Honor. A formal announcement is scheduled Wednesday afternoon, when the Bucs will reveal plans to wear throwback orange jerseys at a Dec. 5 game against Atlanta.

McKay's son, Falcons president Rich McKay, and his family will accept the honor on behalf of coach McKay.

McKay died in 2001 at 77. He coached the club's first nine years, retiring after the 1984 season with a 44-88-1 record. He won two division titles and made the playoffs in 1981 and '82. The 1979 season put the Bucs on the map as they won the NFC Central, 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 QB Doug Williams, who played for McKay. "It's not a surprise. He led them to the playoffs for the first time."

TRUEBLOOD EARNS TEAM DAY OFF: OT Jeremy Trueblood is not known for catching footballs. But Monday, he was given one chance by coach Raheem Morris to catch a punt from Brent Bowden. If he caught it, the Bucs would have today off. If he dropped it, they would be back to work.

Bucs players are sleeping in today.

Trueblood made a juggling, abeit legitimate, catch and was mobbed by players.

"I had a lot of pressure for somebody who never fielded a punt before," he said. "I did have little trouble. I bobbled it, but I caught it. That's all that matters.

The Bucs had four voluntary practices scheduled this week. A three-day mandatory minicamp begins in a week.

"I think Raheem needs a day off," CB Ronde Barber said. "It was a chip shot. He couldn't drop the thing."

LEWIS SIGNS: CB Myron Lewis signed a four-year deal. Lewis was a third-round pick from Vanderbilt, 67th overall. He is expected to compete for a spot at nickel corner on passing downs. DE Maurice Evans was released.

Around the league

BRONCOS: OLB Elvis Dumervil, a restricted free agent, signed a one-year tender worth $3.168 million.

BROWNS: LB and former Seminole High star D'Qwell Jackson and RB Jerome Harrison signed one-year tenders worth $1.759 million.

CARDINALS: G Deuce Lutui signed a one-year offer worth $1.8 million.

49ERS: RB Anthony Dixon, a sixth-round pick out of Mississippi State, signed a four-year deal. … Former Gator DL Ray McDonald apologized for being a distraction; he was arrested Saturday on suspicion of driving under the influence.

JETS: In workouts, DT Kris Jenkins took the field for the first time since ripping his left ACL Oct. 18 against Buffalo.

REDSKINS: LB Rocky McIntosh signed a one-year, $1.759 million tender.

SAINTS: RB Pierre Thomas signed his one-year restricted free agent tender, but wants to negotiate a longer and more lucrative deal before training camp opens at the end of July.

TITANS: LB Gerald McRath dropped his appeal of a four-game suspension for violating league policy on performance-enhancing substances.

VIKINGS: DE Ray Edwards signed a one-year tender for $2.5 million and fifth-round draft pick Nate Triplett, a linebacker from Minnesota, signed.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

John McKay is second inductee into Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ring of Honor 06/14/10 [Last modified: Monday, June 14, 2010 11:43pm]

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