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Smash Mouth Defense Paved The Way In Tampa

Smash Mouth Defense Paved The Way In Tampa

It would be an understatement to say the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have never been known as an offensive juggernaut. In fact, even during their Super Bowl year in 2002, they averaged a pedestrian 21.6 points per game...
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Swashbuckling With Ghosts

Swashbuckling With Ghosts

It began 20 years ago. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, historically one of the NFL's worst organizations, made a crucial draft choice in 1993...
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Peyton Hillis: Alstott 2.0?

Peyton Hillis: Alstott 2.0?

Is it possible that lighting could strike twice in Tampa Bay? For 12 years, one man in the backfield struck fear in the hearts of every opposing defense. He rumbled and stumbled over, through and around defenders like they were tackling dummies...
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A Nod To The Big Sombrero

A Nod To The Big Sombrero

History has shown us that concrete structures built to entertain the masses for the purpose of sport can stand the test of time, even if during that time not many victories were achieved by the home team...
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The Play That Changed Bucs History

The Play That Changed Bucs History

It is always the little things in life that can, and usually do, add up to bigger end results. Such was the case on Jan. 19, 2003, when third-option wide receiver Joe Jurevicius forever changed the course of history for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers...
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The 2002 Bucs Defense: Necessary Roughness

The 2002 Bucs Defense: Necessary Roughness

There is no debate that defense wins championships, especially in the NFL. Until the 2002 season, the most fearsome player to ever roam the defensive side of the ball for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was Lee Roy Selmon...
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Barber Shop Closed In Tampa Bay

Barber Shop Closed In Tampa Bay

Some players simply cannot be replaced. Many players are expendable and many move from team to team. And no matter the history of a franchise – good, bad or just average – players like Ronde Barber do not come along often...
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Two Shall Rise For Bucs In 2013

Two Shall Rise For Bucs In 2013

To set sail on the voyage to the postseason, each NFL team must have at least two anchors – one offensive threat and one defensive stopper. In 2012, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense ranked No. 1 in rushing yards allowed with 82.5 per game...
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Three Team Race In NFC South

Three Team Race In NFC South

While the Atlanta Falcons will be the feature story of the upcoming NFL season in the NFC South, it will come down to a race between three teams...
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