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John McKay will enter Bucs Ring of Honor

Coach John McKay, a West Virginia native who coached Southern Cal for 16 seasons before becoming the first coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaeers, will join defensive end Lee Roy Selmon in the franchise’s Ring of Honor.

The team made the announcement today.

“John’s legacy will forever be felt in Tampa,” Buccaneers co-chairman Bryan Glazer said.  “He led this franchise from the very beginning and, along with Lee Roy Selmon, set the standard for what it means to be a Buccaneer.  John’s wisdom for both football and life, combined with his wit, truly made him an individual anyone would be lucky to encounter.”

The honor will officially be given to McKay, who died in 2001, when the Falcons visit on December 5.  McKay’s son, Rich, served as G.M. of the Bucs before joining the Falcons.

John McKay launched the Buccaneers in an era with little or no free agency, and thus no real ability to build a competitive team quickly.  Despite going winless in the team’s first season, season four culminated in a berth in the NFC Championship.

Well known for his sense of humor, McKay’s best line came during that 0-14 inaugural campaign.  Asked about his team’s execution, McKay said, “I’m in favor of it.”

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9 Responses to “John McKay will enter Bucs Ring of Honor”
  1. QB or not QB says: Jun 16, 2010 3:42 PM

    For evermore remembered for being “in favor,” of his teams execution, LMAO!!!!!!

  2. HC says: Jun 16, 2010 3:46 PM

    Decades later, that line about the team’s execution still remains an all-time classic and one of the best quotes ever in sports history.

  3. arpy says: Jun 16, 2010 4:28 PM

    “Well, we didn’t block. But we made up for it by not tackling.”

  4. andy reid's belt says: Jun 16, 2010 4:34 PM

    Also, his line when asked about his teams performance “Unfortunately, our offense did not execute today but we balanced that by our defense’s lack of effort”

  5. Slow Joe says: Jun 16, 2010 4:59 PM

    Great news for McKay. I couldn’t be happier.

  6. King Buccaneer says: Jun 16, 2010 6:26 PM

    The entire McKay family has been great to the Bucs. He deserved to be one of our first entrants in our Ring of Honor.

  7. brasho says: Jun 16, 2010 7:49 PM

    Wow, Buc fans have known this since Sunday… way to be on the spot.
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    QB or not QB says:
    June 16, 2010 3:42 PM
    For evermore remembered for being “in favor,” of his teams execution, LMAO!!!!!!
    HC says:
    June 16, 2010 3:46 PM
    Decades later, that line about the team’s execution still remains an all-time classic and one of the best quotes ever in sports history.
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    The question was, “How do you feel about the execution of your offense?”
    McKay responded, “I’m for it.”

  8. cover2blitz0 says: Jun 16, 2010 10:27 PM

    doesnt get much better than selmon and mckay to start our ring of honor

  9. 1usctrojan says: Jun 17, 2010 1:32 AM

    Interesting…Coach McKay wrote in his book that he regretted leaving USC for the NFL the rest of his life. His last wish was for his ashes to be scattered on the football field of the Coliseum that he loved so much. Fight On!

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