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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Induct John McKay To Ring Of Honor

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers held a press conference on Wednesday afternoon to announce Coach John McKay will be inducted into the team's Ring of Honor.

At the press conference, Bucs co-chairman Bryan Glazer said the purpose of the Buccaneers Ring of Honor is to "recognize the individuals who have made the significant contributions to the history of this franchise."

Coach McKay certainly made significant contributions.

He was the first-ever head coach of the team, which began play in 1976.  The inaugural Bucs team lost every game (of a 14 game schedule), and the next year lost the first 12 in 1977, leading to an NFL record 26 straight losses.  However, in 1979 the team won the first 5 games en route to the playoffs and the NFC Championship.

He led the team to two more playoff appearances, but is perhaps best known for his witty comments and answers to questions from the media.  He used the humor to deflect criticism of his players during those first few years.

Coach McKay passed away in 2001, and the honor will be bestowed posthumously at the 2010 Throwback Game on December 5, when the Bucs play the Atlanta Falcons.  His son, current Falcon GM and former Buccaneers GM, Rich McKay was at the press conference, and will be on hand on December 5 to accept the honor on his dad's behalf.

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