The Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach when they won the super bowl in 2002 was Jon Gruden. Former head coach Tony Dungy however, is credited with building and establishing the team before they traded for Jon Gruden.
With a record of 54-42 and a 2-4 playoff record, Dungy is one of the best coaches in franchise history. He was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach for six seasons. Most fans would give anything for 54-42 over six seasons today. His greatest contribution in the history of the franchise was signing many of the key players that went on to be a Super Bowl Championship team the year after he was fired. Players such as Derrick Brooks, Ronde Barber, Warren Sapp and many others were brought to Tampa by Dungy himself. This earned him a spot in the Tampa Bay Ring of Honor. Many say Coach Jon Gruden won a Super Bowl with Tony Dungy’s team. Although Dungy didn’t win a super bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, years later, he would win one with the Colts.
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Off the Field
Much like Derrick Brooks, Dungy has a humble spirit. He currently works for Football Night in America on NBC. Off the field he gives back to the community. The Dungy foundation “believes in strengthening, sustaining and empowering communities by providing opportunities to those in need.” Dungy was instrumental in building the reputation of a once embattled franchise. His legacy will live on for many years in Tampa. Dungy moved around a lot in his carrer, but he was always grateful. In his Hall of Fame speech he said the following “The Lord has truly led me on a wonderful journey through 31 years in the NFL, through some temporary disappointments to some incredible joys. I cherish every single relationship that I was able to make over those 31 years, and I’ll always be grateful to the National Football League for giving me my life’s work. Thank you, and God bless. “