Professional football first came to Tampa, Florida in 1976,
two years after the Bay area was awarded the National Football League's 27th franchise.
Beginning with a noble struggle in '76 - at a time when expansion teams were given few of the advantages they are given now
- the Tampa Bay Buccaneers began a remarkable journey that is now well into its fourth decade.
In January of 2003, at the end of the franchise's 27th season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers came home with the Lombardi Trophy after a 48-21 victory over Oakland in Super Bowl XXXVII. Though clearly the most glorious moment in franchise annals, that day is receding into Bucs history as the team pursues new and greater triumphs.