Buccaneers Ring of Honor to grow by two this season
(BTLS Staff) TAMPA, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ring of Honor grew by two Wednesday.
During an afternoon press conference the team announced a pair of fan favorites – quarterback Doug Williams and fullback Mike Alstott – will be inducted in separate ceremonies during the 2015 National Football League season.
It marks the first time the Bucs have placed two players into the Ring of Honor in the same season. Hall-of-Fame defensive lineman Lee Roy Selmon was the first to enter the Ring in 2009.
Longtime Buccaneer fans have plenty of memories from Williams and Alstott’s playing days. Both had similar styles – hard-nosed, team-oriented and successful.
Tampa Bay co-chairman Bryan Glazer made the announcements on Wednesday.
“The Ring of Honor is a very exclusive group,” Glazer explained. “It consists of individuals who have had a lasting impact with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at some point in our history. This year, we’re going to do things a little differently by bringing in two new members.”
Alstott, a Purdue University producer, will see his name unveiled in the Ring during the Bucs’ October 4th home game against the Carolina Panthers. He was selected by Tampa Bay in the second round of the 1996 draft and was voted to the Pro Bowl six times.
Alstott – who wore #40 for Tampa Bay – talked about the guys he played with throughout the years.
“A huge part of why I’m standing here today is all my teammates,” he said. “Walking into this building and knowing that we were going to accomplish something together and to create the most everlasting memories and friendships. It’s just unbelievable.”
Williams and Alstott join previous inductees Selmon (2009), John McKay (2010), Jimmie Giles (2011), Paul Gruber (2012), Warren Sapp (2013) and Derrick Brooks (2014) in the Ring. They are the first quarterback and running back, respectively, to gain membership in that exclusive group.
On December 6th, Williams – who wore number #12 – will have his day when the Bucs play the Atlanta Falcons. Kickoff for both games is 1 pm.
Williams’ last game as a Buccaneer was played in 1982 but he later returned to the team’s front office for seven more years as a personnel executive (2004-08) and coordinator of pro scouting (2009-10).
“This 40th anniversary season seemed like the ideal opportunity to celebrate two of the greatest Buccaneers in our team’s rich history,” said Buccaneers Co-Chairman Bryan Glazer. “Doug Williams and Mike Alstott epitomize what it means to be a Buccaneer. They were winners on the field, but they left a lasting mark on our community and with our fan base long after their playing days were over.”
Williams departed after the 1982 season, moving first to the USFL and then back to the NFL with the Washington Redskins, with whom he won a Super Bowl and Super Bowl MVP honors.
The Buccaneers would not reach the playoffs again for a decade and a half, after the team had been purchased by Malcolm Glazer. Williams also praised others for helping him achieve success.
“I want to thank the Glazer family for allowing me this opportunity to stand here today,” Williams said. “I also would like for all the guys that I had the opportunity to play with to stand.”