Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tickets
Awarded the National Football League’s 27th franchise in 1974 with the first kickoff scheduled for 1976, owner Hugh Culverhouse, a successful Florida tax lawyer and broker, hired John McKay as the first coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. McKay had achieved great success at the University of Southern California with four national championships in his 16 years and it was McKay who orchestrated the building process that led to the Buccaneers’ stunning early success. After losing a league-record 26 consecutive games, the Bucs broke into the win column at New Orleans on December 11, 1977. Two years later, Tampa Bay stunned the football world when it reached the 1979 NFC championship game in only its fourth season. The Bucs clinched the NFC Central title with a dramatic 3-0 win over Kansas City in a driving rainstorm and then defeated Philadelphia 24-17 in playoff action to advance to within one game of the Super Bowl. But in the NFC championship, the Los Angeles Rams prevailed with a hard-fought 9-0 victory.
Although no divisional championships were awarded in the strike-shortened 1982 season, the Bucs qualified for postseason play for the third time in four seasons by winning five of their final six games. A first-round playoff loss to Dallas ended Tampa Bay’s season. McKay retired as coach following the 1984 season after nine years at the helm of the Buccaneers ship. In the years since McKay’s departure, Leeman Bennett, Ray Perkins, Richard Williamson and Sam Wyche all have served as the Tampa Bay head coach but their cumulative record in the first nine post-McKay years was 37-106-0, a .259 winning percentage. With head coach Jon Gruden at the helm and young stars leading the way, the new-look Buccaneers captured their first NFL championship with a convincing 48-21 win in Super Bowl XXXVII. The Bucs today are hardly the Bucs of yesterday, the Super Bowl victory has given Bucs fans a reason to cheer. Tampa Bay Buccaneers tickets have turned into a much bigger ticket than anyone thought they would. Continued success will only increase the demand for Bucs tickets.