JACKSON NAMED SUPER BOWL MVP: Tampa Bay free safety Dexter Jackson was named the Super Bowl XXXVII Most Valuable Player after becoming the first player in Super Bowl history to pick off two passes in the first half. Jackson won the honors over cornerback Dwight Smith, who had two second half interceptions which were returned for touchdowns, and defensive end Simeon Rice, who had two sacks of quarterback Rich Gannon, and was ABC Super Bowl color analyst John Madden's pick for MVP. The last defensive player to win MVP honors was Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis in Super Bowl XXXV. The last defensive back to take home the MVP trophy was Dallas corner Larry Brown in Super Bowl XXX. Aside from the trophy, Jackson gets to pick out any Cadillac vehicle as a prize.
COIN TOSS CAPTAINS: Oakland's coin toss captains were RT Lincoln Kennedy, WR Jerry Rice, WR Tim Brown, FS Rod Woodson, RB Randy Jordan and DT John Parella. Tampa Bay's coin toss captains were LB Derrick Brooks, SS John Lynch, WR Keenan McCardell and DT John Parella. Oakland called the coin toss, but Tampa Bay won and elected to receive.
RECORD NIGHT FOR GRUDEN: Not only did Jon Gruden become the youngest head coach to win a Super Bowl (39 years, 162 days), he also became the third youngest to coach in the Super Bowl, behind Pittsburgh's Bill Cowher (38 years, 265 days) in 1995, and Baltimore's Don Shula (39 years, 9 days) in 1968. The previous youngest Super Bowl winning head coach was John Madden (40 years, 274 days), who guided Oakland to a win in Super Bowl XI. Gruden also became the third NFL coach to win a Super Bowl in his first season with his club. In 1989, George Siefert won a Super Bowl with San Francisco, and in 1970, Don McCafferty won a Super Bowl with Baltimore. The only other first-year coaches to take their teams to a Super Bowl lost -- Oakland's Bill Callahan (2003) and Denver's Robert "Red" Miller (1977). Gruden also became the third coach to coach against his former team in the Super Bowl, and just the second to prevail. In 1998, Dan Reeves' Atlanta Falcons lost to the Denver Broncos, 34-19. But in 1968, coach Weeb Ewbank and Joe Namath led the New York Jets over the Baltimore Colts, 16-7.
RAIDERS PLAY WITHOUT PRO BOWL CENTER: The big story the morning of Super Bowl XXXVII was the dismissal of Oakland Pro Bowl center Barrett Robbins for violating team rules. Robbins missed the team bus to Saturday's practice and missed the practice all together. Robbins was replaced by Adam Treu in the game and was not allowed to take part in the Super Bowl.
BUCS' INACTIVES: CB Tim Wansley, TE Casey Crawford, TE Dan Wilcox, LB Justin Smith, WR Reggie Barlow, DT Buck Gurley, OT Dan Goodspeed and QB Shaun King.
DRAFT POSITION FOR 2003: By winning the Super Bowl, Tampa Bay secured the 32nd place in the 2003 NFL Draft for the first time in team history. The Raiders will get Tampa Bay's first-round draft pick in 2003 as part of a four-draft pick, $8-million compensation package for the rights to head coach Jon Gruden, but the fact that it is only number 32 has to sting the Raiders and owner Al Davis just a bit.
THE LAST TIME...: The last time Tampa Bay played in San Diego was in 1996. After being down 14-0 to the Chargers, Tampa Bay rallied to win 25-17 which keyed a 4-2 winning stretch to end the year. The last time the Bucs played the Raiders, the outcome wasn't as pleasant. A Jon Gruden-led Oakland team beat Tony Dungy's Bucs 45-0, a loss that still stands as the worst defeat in team history.
SUPER ENTERTAINMENT: Tampa Bay was the home team and wore its red jerseys and pewter pants. Oakland wore its white jerseys and silver pants. ... To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the 1972 undefeated season of the Miami Dolphins, the entire Dolphins team and former head coach Don Shula participated in the pre-game coin toss. ... Legendary Hispanic guitarist Carlos Santana and singers Michelle Branch and Beyonce Knowles provided the pre-game entertainment at the stadium. Celine Dion sang God Bless America prior to kickoff and The Dixie Chicks sang the National Anthem. The halftime show featured recording artists Shania Twain, No Doubt and Sting.
IT'S A LUCKY NUMBER NOW: Super Bowl quarterbacks wearing jersey number 14 were 0-3 in Super Bowls heading into this year's big game. But Tampa Bay quarterback Brad Johnson became the first quarterback to wear number 14 and win a Super Bowl.
GIMME FIVE: Tampa Bay set a Super Bowl record by intercepting Oakland quarterback Rich Gannon five times on Sunday, returning three of those picks for touchdowns. The Bucs came into the playoffs with 38 takeaways, which was tied for third in the league, but collected 11 in three postseason games, including the Super Bowl.
TWICE AS NICE: Buccaneers wide receiver Keenan McCardell, who delivered a Tampa Bay Super Bowl victory earlier in the week at the 989 Studios NFL Gameday video game challenge by beating Oakland running back Charlie Garner 28-8, only had two catches in the Super Bowl, but both went for touchdowns. Ironically, the winner of the pre-Super Bowl football video game has amazingly won the last eight Super Bowls, including this year's game. McCardell is now the only Buccaneer to have two Super Bowl rings. He collected one during his rookie season in 1991 when the Washington Redskins beat the Buffalo Bills, but was on injured reserve that year.
BETTER GET YOUR WHEATIES: Five members of the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers will grace special edition Wheaties boxes in the Tampa Bay area. Quarterback Brad Johnson, receiver Keyshawn Johnson, fullback Mike Alstott, linebacker Derrick Brooks and safety John Lynch are the featured Buccaneers.
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: Tampa Bay running back Michael Pittman had his first 100-yard rushing day for the Bucs in the Super Bowl. Pittman rushed for 124 yards on 29 carries, and totalled 75 yards rushing on 12 carries at the half, which was the fourth most in Super Bowl history. Pittman had gone 40-straight NFL starts without rushing for 100 yards, dating back to his days with the Arizona Cardinals. It marked just the second 100-yard rusher Tampa Bay has had this year. Mike Alstott, who scored the Bucs' first touchdown in the Super Bowl, had 139 yards against the Cleveland Browns earlier in the year.
SCORING SENSATION: Tampa Bay averaged 21.6 points per game during the regular season, but averaged 35.3 points in its three post-season games. Tampa Bay triumphed over San Francisco 31-6 in the NFC Divisional playoffs, beat Philadelphia 27-10 in the NFC Championship game, and drubbed Oakland 48-21 to win Super Bowl XXXVII.
QB KILLERS: Tampa Bay's defense has killed the last three quarterbacks they've faced in the postseason. San Francisco's Jeff Garcia threw three INTs and was held to a QB rating of only 35.9. Philadelphia's Donovan McNabb threw one costly interception and had a QB rating of 58.5. Oakland's Rich Gannon threw five picks and finished with a QB rating of 48.9.
SUPER SUPER BOWLS: San Diego has played host to three Super Bowls -- all of which have been high scoring. The first San Diego Super Bowl, Super Bowl XXII saw Washington rally from a 10-point deficit to beat Denver 42-10. Six years ago in Super Bowl XXXII, Denver came back to beat Green Bay 31-24. Tampa Bay won San Diego's third Super Bowl, 48-21.
O-LINE PITCHES BACK-TO-BACK SHUTOUTS: The Buccaneers' much maligned offensive line did not allow a sack for the second-straight game on Sunday. Just a week after not allowing Philadelphia's stout defense to sack Brad Johnson, Tampa Bay's offensive line rose to the occasion again and denied Oakland's defense a sack of Johnson. The Bucs also rushed for 150 yards, which is the second-highest post-season rushing total in franchise history. The Bucs were 6-of-15 on third downs (40 percent), racked up 24 first downs on 76 offensive plays and totalled 365 yards of offense.
QUICK HITS: During ABC's taped player introductions at the start of the game, most players introduced themselves on camera and listed their college. Every Buccaneer did that except for defensive end Simeon Rice, who said he was from "the school of hard knocks." ... Neither the Raiders nor the Buccaneers were introduced individually to the crowd. Both teams took a page out of the New England Patriots' playbook from last year and were introduced as a team. ... The 2002 Buccaneers became the fourth team since 1970 to reach the Super Bowl allowing the fewest yards and points during the season. The Bucs joined the 1996 Green Bay Packers, 1985 Chicago Bears and 1972 Miami Dolphins in accomplishing that feat. All four teams were victorious in the Super Bowl, too. ... The Bucs defense held the Raiders to just 19 rushing yards, which was the third best of all-time behind the efforts of Chicago in Super Bowl XX (New England - 7 rushing yards), and Pittsburgh in Super Bowl IX (Minnesota - 17 rushing yards). ... Tampa Bay's time of possession (37:14) was the seventh longest in Super Bowl history. The all-time greatest time of possession was the New York Giants controlling the ball for 40:33 of Super Bowl XXV against Buffalo. ... Tampa Bay is just the sixth team since 1978 to play in the Super Bowl without scoring 350 points or more during the regular season. The Bucs scored 246 points in 2002. ... Despite winning the Super Bowl MVP, Bucs free safety Dexter Jackson will not be heading to Disney World. Instead, Disney selected Buccaneers quarterback Brad Johnson to visit Disney Land in Anaheim, California this week and head coach Jon Gruden to visit Disney World in Orlando, Florida. ... Oakland was 0-for-3 on two-point conversion attempts in the Super Bowl ... The Bucs' 48 points is the second-highest scoring output in team history. The most points the Bucs have scored in any game is 49.
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