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Bucs’ Super Bowl win still vivid, 15 years later

Tampa Bay won its only championship on this day in 2003, beating the Raiders in San Diego.
Former Bucs coach Jon Gruden celebrates with his players during Tampa Bay's Super Bowl win against the Raiders in 2003 in San Diego.
(AP PHOTO  -- Lawrence Jackson)
Former Bucs coach Jon Gruden celebrates with his players during Tampa Bay's Super Bowl win against the Raiders in 2003 in San Diego. (AP PHOTO -- Lawrence Jackson)
Published Jan. 26, 2018

Happy anniversary, Bucs fans.

Fifteen years ago today, Tampa Bay won the only championship in its 42-year history, beating the Raiders in San Diego.

Where were you on that day? I had the good fortune to be in San Diego, helping out with the St. Petersburg Times' coverage. Memories are fleeting — I interviewed comedian Steve Martin before the game, and rode a blimp in the days leading up to the big game. Last year, several Times staffers recalled their memories of the Bucs' historic win.

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Surely you remember Derrick Brooks' interception, and Jon Gruden celebrating on the sideline. But you can catch up on all the details from our stories filed from Qualcomm Stadium.

Here's Rick Stroud's game story from that day, and Gary Shelton's column and Antonya English's sidebar on Brad Johnson and Roger Mills' story on unsung heroes of the Super Bowl run. Kevin Kelly wrote about the Bucs' secondary, which stepped up big against Oakland's Rich Gannon, and John Cotey wrote on Michael Pittman's big day.

John Romano correctly saw Hall of Fame futures for Derrick Brooks and Warren Sapp on that day. Marc Topkin covered the Raiders side of things, and I wrote on Simeon Rice and the Bucs' ends getting pressure on Gannon.

Share your memories from the biggest day in Bucs history in the comments.