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On his way to the Hall of Fame, former Bucs coach Tony Dungy started slowly

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Long before those who run the Pro Football Hall of Fame were carving Tony Dungy‘s bust, fans were wondering if he was one. These days, Dungy is acknowledged as a leader, a mentor, a champion. He has won a Super Bowl, and he guided a team to a Super Bowl, and he has become among the most respected analysts of the game. Once, however, he was struggling. It was 1996, his first year with the Tampa Bay Bucs, and he was…

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Tony Dungy’s Hall of Fame selection ignites familiar fan debate

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The noise is familiar. It’s still loud. It’s the old Tony Dungy-Jon Gruden debate. You know the discussion. Which coach was more responsible for the Bucs winning Super Bowl XXXVII? Dungy, who turned the franchise around earlier? Or Gruden, who gave it a burst of energy in the 2002 season? The debate was rekindled this week when Dungy reached the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Dungy turned the Bucs around, and he salvaged the careers of Derrick Brooks (who was…

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Former Tampa Bay coach Tony Dungy added to Hall of Fame

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Former Tampa Bay Bucs coach Tony Dungy was elected to the Pro  Football Hall of Fame Saturday night. Dungy, 60, won 54 games in six seasons with the Bucs and reached the playoffs in four of his six seasons at the helm. Two of his Bucs’ players, Derrick Brooks and Warren Sapp, are already in the Hall. Dungy won one Super Bowl, in 2007 with the Colts. The Bucs’ Super Bowl came under coach Jon Gruden the season after the…

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John Lynch, Tony Dungy among Hall of Fame finalists Saturday

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Together, they helped turn a franchise around. Now, John Lynch and Tony Dungy seek to cement their legacies by joining the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. Lynch, a nine-time Pro Bowler, seeks to become the third member of the 2002 Super Bowl champions of the Tampa Bay Bucs to reach the Hall. Dungy, the coach who turned the Bucs’ losing tradition into the finest era in franchise history, represents the Bucs and Colts as his legend is considered.…

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No, Lovie Smith wasn’t the worst coach the Bucs ever had

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Compared to Leeman Bennett, he was an immortal. Compared to Richard Williamson, he was a man of vision. So, no, Lovie Smith was not the worst football coach the Bucs have ever had, no matter how often he felt like it over the past two seasons. In the end, Lovie won eight games out of 32. That isn’t much, but it’s twice what Leeman Bennett won over the same time period. It’s twice what Williamson won, although he only got…

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If the Bucs are getting better, the opening game matters

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For a good team, it doesn’t matter. Oh, good teams, as well as bad ones, want to win their opening game. But when you are standing at the end, who really cares how you start. For a bad team, it doesn’t matter. If a team is going to be terrible, you are just fooling the masses for a week. It is false hope. It is counterfeit football. But a team that is getting better, for a team that is transforming…

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Should Marty St. Louis make the Hall? Other Tampa Bay athletes?

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An interesting post in the Bergen Record asks a question that is asked in the aftermath of a lot of great athletes. Is Marty St. Louis a Hall of Famer? And while we’re at it, what about Tampa Bay and the Hall of Fame? We seem to be at the porch, waiting to be invited in. We have seen excellence, but our teams have rarely been good. Somewhere in the middle, there is the Hall of Fame for Tampa Bay,…

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