Bucs Name Pyne Offensive Quality Control Coach

February 28 - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers named Jim Pyne its new offensive quality control coach on Friday. Pyne, who played eight seasons in the NFL, spent four seasons (1994-'97) as an offensive lineman with the Bucs.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Friday that they've hired Jim Pyne as its new offensive quality control coach.

Pyne, who played eight seasons as an offensive lineman in the National Football League, was pleased to return to the team that used a seventh-round pick to draft him in 1994 out of Virginia Tech.

"I am excited," said Pyne. "Tampa Bay is where I started my playing career. I am just happy to be part of the Buccaneers after they won the Super Bowl last year."

Pyne, who played at both the center and guard position, spent four seasons (1994-'97) with the Bucs before leaving Tampa Bay for Detroit via free agency in 1998. Pyne started 38 of the 42 games he played as a Buc.

In ‘99, Pyne became the first overall selection by the Cleveland Browns in the expansion draft. He spent two seasons with the Browns and played the final year of his career in Philadelphia.

Pyne is a member of the three-generation AFL/NFL football family. His father, George III, played for the AFL's Boston Patriots in 1965 while his grandfather, George II, was with the Providence Steam Roller from 1931-'32.

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