Tampa Bay Sports Day

MNF: Gruden to Become Ring of Honor Member at Raymond James Stadium

On Monday, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Atlanta Falcons for Monday Night Football, the team will honor Jon Gruden at halftime with an induction ceremony into the Buccaneers Ring of Honor.

Gruden will officially become the 11th member inducted into the Ring of Honor, joining Hall of Fame defensive end Lee Roy Selmon, Head Coach John McKay, Pro Bowl tight end Jimmie Giles, All-Pro tackle Paul Gruber, Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp, Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks, All-Pro fullback Mike Alstott, quarterback Doug Williams, nine-time Pro Bowler John Lynch, and the late Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer.

In May, it was announced that Glazer and Gruden would be inducted this season, with Glazer’s honor taking place on October 5 when the Buccaneers hosted the New England Patriots for Thursday Night Football.

Gruden, who served as the team’s head coach from 2002-08, guided the Buccaneers to a 12-4 record in his first season, including a first-place finish in the NFC South en route to delivering a victory in Super Bowl XXXVII.

During his seven years in Tampa Bay, Gruden amassed 57 regular season wins – the most in franchise history – while his teams made it to the postseason three times (2002, 2005 and 2007). In 2007, he led the Buccaneers to their third NFC South title in six years, becoming the only coach in team history with three division titles.