Buccaneers to enshrine Mike Alstott, Doug Williams in Ring of Honor
"This 40th anniversary season seemed like the ideal opportunity to celebrate two of the greatest Buccaneers in our team’s rich history,” Buccaneers co-chairman Bryan Glazer said, according to the team's website. "Doug Williams and Mike Alstott epitomize what it means to be a Buccaneer. They were winners on the field, but they left a lasting mark on our community and with our fan base long after their playing days were over."
The Bucs drafted Williams in the first round of the 1978 NFL draft, and he quickly asserted himself as the team's starter. He played five seasons with Tampa, recording a 67-67 record and helping lift the Bucs out of the NFL's basement.
Williams led the Buccaneers to their first three postseason appearances in franchise history, including a berth in the 1979 NFC championship game.
In 1987, Williams led the Washington Redskins to a Super Bowl title, becoming the first black quarterback in NFL history to both play in and win the Super Bowl. Williams was also named Super Bowl MVP in Washington's 42-10 rout of the Denver Broncos.
Williams later served as a Bucs personnel executive from 2004-08 and coordinator of pro scouting from 2009-10.
Alstott, the Bucs' longtime fullback during the team's most successful run, played for the team from 1996-2006. He was a six-time Pro Bowler and three-time first-team All-Pro.
Alstott helped lead Tampa Bay to a Super Bowl XXXVII title at the conclusion of the 2002 season, leading the Bucs in touchdowns that year. He also scored the team's opening touchdown of the Super Bowl.
- Stanley Kay