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Bucs expected to visit the White House next week

Details are still being worked out, but a Tampa Bay champion will finally get recognized in the Rose Garden.
Coach Bruce Arians and the Bucs will be headed to Washington D.C. next week to be honored for their Super Bowl victory.
Coach Bruce Arians and the Bucs will be headed to Washington D.C. next week to be honored for their Super Bowl victory. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Jul. 16
Updated Jul. 16

TAMPA ― The Bucs are expected to visit the White House on Tuesday to receive recognition from President Joe Biden for their Super Bowl 55 championship. Players started receiving their invitations Friday.

Details are still being finalized, but it would kick off a whirlwind week of reflection and renewal. The Bucs will have a private Super Bowl ring ceremony for players, coaches, the front office and their spouses in Tampa on Thursday. Players report to training camp for the 2021 season on Saturday, July 24, with the first workout scheduled for the next morning.

It will be the first time a world championship team from Tampa Bay has visited the White House.

After winning Super Bowl 37 over the Raiders on Jan. 26, 2003, the Bucs had no opportunity to make the trip as the United States prepared for a military invasion of Iraq in March.

When the Lightning won their first Stanley Cup during the 2003-04 season, the next year was marred by a lockout and eventual cancellation of the NHL season.

Last September, when the Lightning won their second Cup, the coronavirus pandemic prevented any possible visit to the White House.

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