The Bucs announced that John Lynch will be the next inductee into the team's Ring of Honor. Here are 5 other names that eventually need to be permanently placed inside Raymond James Stadium:
Ronde Barber - Barber is just on the outside of the trio of Lynch, Brooks, and Sapp. His 28 sacks and 47 interceptions put him in elite company. Barber meant a lot to the elite Bucs' defense of the late 90's and early 2000's. Barber was also one of the few players to play his entire career with the Buccaneers.
Tony Dungy - Dungy was the coach who finally brought about change to the Buccaneers organization. After more than a decade of losing in the 80's and 90's, Dungy took a group of talented young players on defense and molded them into one of the great defenses in NFL history. While Dungy did help build the Bucs up, his lone Super Bowl win came as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts.
Jon Gruden - I know Gruden is a polarizing figure, but this is a no-brainer. How can you have a Ring of Honor and not have the only coach to win your organization its only Super Bowl? Without Gruden, Bucs fans might only be talking about the wasted efforts of such a great defense. Gruden electrified the Tampa Bay area and achieved something Bucs fans thought would never happen in their lifetime.
James Wilder - Wilder has been the Bucs' all-time leading rusher since the mid 80's. At a time when the Bucs franchise was beginning its downward spiral, Wilder still gave it some relevance. Depending on his upcoming free agency, Doug Martin might be in position to one day break Wilder's record, but for now, the Bucs all-time leading rusher should get the credit he deserves.
Hardy Nickerson - At a time when free agents avoided the Buccaneers like the plague, Nickerson bucked that trend and joined the Bucs in 1993. Coming from the Pittsburgh Steelers, Nickerson brought that hard-nosed Steeler approach, instantly became a fan favorite, and started the transition to relevance for the Buccaneers. Nickerson's leadership was a key factor to the success of the great Bucs defense, and the success of Derrick Brooks, Warren Sapp, and others. Nickerson has now been a player, broadcaster, and coach for the Buccaneers organization.