Chucky & Malcolm Get The Ring For 2017

May 30th, 2017

It’s official.

The Buccaneers announced today that Tampa Bay’s only Super Bowl winning coach, Jon Gruden, Chucky, will be inducted into the team’s Ring of Hour this season. He’ll be joined by Malcolm Glazer, the late owner and patriarch of Team Glazer.

Glazer goes in in October during the Thursday night game against the Patriots, October 5. Chucky gets the Monday Night Football game Dec. 18 against the Falcons.

As traditional holds, inductees will get halftime ceremonies and have their names adorned inside the stadium in lights.

There will be a special Ira Kaufman Podcast on this subject popping around midnight. Great stuff. Come back about midnight or enjoy it in the a.m.

Joe loves the choices. Chucky won the Super Bowl, and on that alone he deserved to enter the Ring of Honor before Father Dungy.

45 Responses to “Chucky & Malcolm Get The Ring For 2017”

  1. Support Conte Says:

    IMO Dungy and Gruden should have gone together. they both build that team

  2. Brett Says:

    Well, I’m not surprised. Gruden got the Bucs over the hump. But he also presided over the Bucs decent back into irrelevance. It’s not all his fault, because Glazer used the Bucs revenu to finance Manchester United and kept Chucky from getting any free agents. Fitting they go in together.

  3. Miko Says:

    Glazer?…brutal…Wilder and few others are becoming forgotten men…

  4. D-Rome Says:

    Well deserved by both! Very fitting.

    The “Gruden won with Dungy’s team” comments to follow in 3….2….1….

  5. Bucsfanman Says:

    Deserved! Congrats Chucky and Malcolm (RIP)!
    @Miko- Don’t fret. Those guys will get their turn.

  6. Dlavid Says:

    Gruffness deserves it ! The only coach to be King of the mountain ! Period , regardless of who built the team blah blah …. getting the job done and trying are two different things ! Glazer, of course ! He ressurected this sorry franchise from the muck and miry clay ! And it looks like the jr.’ s are about to do it again finally ! Fire the cannons!

  7. bucsfaninchina Says:

    @Conte Disagree. The induction of both would cause an undue rivalry as to who gets the spotlight. I like the owner/coach induction.

  8. Drew Says:

    Right Coach at the right time. I’ll agree both Dungy and Gruden have a share in building the team that won super bowl. Dungy for building the defense and Gruden for building an offense. I’ll also credit Gruden for simulating Rich Gannon to set up the Super Bowl win for the defense.

  9. Bucsfanman Says:

    Don’t stir it up D-Rome! I expect it will happen naturally and predictably.

  10. mike n Says:

    Malcom was the man, franchise sank we he fell ill, also he could have moved the team.
    Great to see Gruden in. Best coach in Bucs history and one of the best all time.

  11. biff barker Says:

    Breaking news: The FFCA will consider revoking it’s founding father’s membership card.

  12. thespiritof76 Says:

    2018: Ronde Barber and Hardy Nickerson
    2019: Tony Dungy and Monte Kiffin
    2020: James Wilder
    2021: Ricky Bell
    2022: Gene Deckerhoff

    Going to start running out of qualified players and/or contributors after that…

  13. BurgDweller Says:

    @ mike n….My thoughts exactly. They were a horrid franchise for many years before Malcolm took over and it went to crap when he fell ill and the boys took over and drove it into the ground. Them hiring Licht and Koetter though were the best decisions they have made. On Gruden, i’m indifferent. I am glad he got us our Super Bowl win, so the Ring of Honer he is worthy of, but he was also part of our fall back into dark times.

  14. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Dungy won with Wyche’s team. Brooks, Sapp, Nickerson, Dilfer. Sounds idiotic huh? So do people saying Gruden won with Dungy’s team. Dungy won 2 playoff games in Tampa, Gruden won 3 in 1 year.

  15. Pickgrin Says:

    Congrats to Chucky and pappa Glazer. Well deserved honor on both counts.

  16. BartButtplug Says:

    Why couldn’t Dungy win with Dungy’s team?

  17. mike n Says:

    @burg yep, I know Malcom went in to cost cutting mode around 06 when they bought the soccer team and thats why they let Gruden , so he made a few mistakes but this was the worst sports franchise in all of sports before he bought the team.
    @dewy… don’t forget donnie abraham, john lynch an extra 1st rd pick, and an extra 2nd rd pick that became alstot

  18. thespiritof76 Says:

    @ Mike n.

    You know how the Bucs got that extra 2nd ?

    From Cleveland. For TE Harold Bishop.

    That trade was a bit telling, IMO as it seemed to indicate the type of financial problems Art Modell had.

  19. thespiritof76 Says:

    One more thing on Bishop: Rich McKay turned a 3rd round pick that never played except on special teams into a SECOND ROUND pick the next year.

    Yeah, Rich McKay fleeced the Browns but just like how I alluded to above, I think that was telling that perhaps the Browns were trying to shed payroll.

  20. LakeLandBuc Says:

    Jon Gruden record outside of the Super Bowl team that he was blessed with 45-51. When Gruden was finally fired, we had a 38 year old starting QB. A 33 year old garbage can as his backup, a 38 year old deep threat WR, a 33 year old #2 WR. And we had the oldest roster in the NFL. He left this franchise in a Total mess, and 10 years later, we’re still in a mess. And fans be talking about the mistakes that Dom made as a Gm. But who made the BIGGEST BLUNDER in the Bucs history? It was Jon Gruden and he even admitted to it. Why would you draft a RB over a ” Franchise QB”. Cadillac Williams over Aaron Rodgers, and you get praise for that. Tony Dungy or Jon Gruden don’t deserves to be in the Bucs Ring of Honors. But knowing that this franchise has only one Championship in its 40 year history, it’s understandable why Gruden will be inducted. Just like it’s understandable why Jimmy Johnson is NOT in the Dallas Cowboys Ring Of Honor. The Cowboys is a franchise that’s blessed with a tradition of winning.

    The difference of two franchises…Jimmy Johnson won 2 Super Bowls with the Cowboys. But it’s not enough, not for a franchise rich with tradition.

    In 2003 when Gruden was named the Head coach of the Bucs, we had 6 Pro Bowls players the previous year. In 2009, when he was fired, we had 2 Pro Bowl players ( Ronde Barber and Derrick Brooks) both were on the roster before Gruden was hired. What did Gruden do in the 7 seasons he were Head Coach? Who did he draft ? Who was brought in as a Free Agent?. He wasted more draft picks than any GM or HC in Buccaneers history.

  21. LakeLandBuc Says:

    Thanks for Nothing! Maybe we will get back to RELEVANCE one day.

  22. webster Says:

    Come on guys. The ring of honor is for greats. James wilder only rushed for 6000 yrds in 10 seansons. Half of those yrds came from two seasons. The rest of the time he couldnt even play 16 games. He is not ring of honor worthy. Do not water down the prestige of this club.

  23. mike n Says:

    @spirtof 76… good call on Gene!
    Hardy, and ronde for sure

  24. WESLEY Says:

    James Wilder keeps getting screwed.

  25. thespiritof76 Says:

    Am I the only to notice that the Lombardi Trophy Gruden is carrying looks like an Olympic Torch what with the flame in the background being perfectly situated about the top ?

  26. thespiritof76 Says:

    How about a Ring of Failure ?

    Now that one would not suffer from nominees.

    Booker Reese
    Rod “Toast” Jones
    Jack Thompson
    Jerry Goldsteyn
    Leeman Bennett (nice guy, damn good with the Falcons but should have stayed selling RV’s)
    Ray Perkins (Biggest jerk coach in team history. Far worse than Schiano)
    Trent Dilfer
    Jason Odom
    Kenyatta Walker
    Alvin Harper

    And many, many, MANY more….

  27. Bucnjim Says:

    Gruden provided us with the offense we never had or at least enough to get us to the Super Bowl. He never had a QB to speak of! History tells us he brought in over 15 players mostly on offense that were not only able to get us over the playoff hurdle in Philly, but bring the Super Bowl trophy.

  28. Bucs4821 Says:

    We he perfect? No. But he won a Super Bowl. As a fan who endured 14 consecutive losing seasons (13 with double digit losses) I *never* thought I would see the Bucs win a Super Bowl in my lifetime. I love Dungy, we all do, but Dungy was very fortunate. He walks into his first meeting in 1996 and has two first ballot Hall of Famers and a potential third, in Lynch, in his meeting room. He walks into his first meeting in Indy and there’s Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison. In Indy, all he had to do was build a defense. His unquestioned area of expertise. Gruden had a lot of old players when he was fired. He also had back to back 9-7 seasons with those older players. Go to Wiki and take a look at those rosters. How did he get 9-7s out of that group? When he was fired, my first thought was, “when did this town get so high and mighty to say that 9-7 isn’t good enough?”

  29. Oxycondoms Says:

    Gruden brought 2 teams to the super bowl that year

  30. Buccaneer scotty Says:

    Dungy won with Sam’s team! Same drafted Sapp and Brooks ect….

  31. Buccaneer scotty Says:


  32. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    About Time!

  33. CreamsicleBananaHammock Says:

    Worthy picks

    But I still want to see Deckerhoff inducted sooner rather than later

  34. Rod Munch Says:

    Deckerhoff should go in and and Jesse the Body Ventura should induct him. It’s how I got hooked on listening to Deckerhoff as a kid – knowing Jesse Ventura from WWF and hearing him doing the Bucs radio broadcast with Deckerhoff on the radio made it feel like radio was a HUGE deal. Since almost every home game was blacked out you only got to see maybe 8 games a year, or 9 games if the Chicago Bears game sold out, so radio was hugely important. Deckerhoff is fantastic and I agree, get him in the Bucs Ring of Honor before it’s too late – although he might not want to go in until he retires and I hope that’s a long ways away.

  35. Brett Says:

    I agree with the top 3 posts, especially Brett. Conte has a great point that Dungy and Gruden should have gone in together, but it would be very interesting seeing them stand next to each other doing it. And Miko is right. Some 80’s Bucs like Wilder and Gruber deserve it for their sacrifices. The fact the Bucs didn’t win then wasn’t their fault. And they dominated.

  36. Rod Munch Says:

    It would be insanely disrespectful to group Dungy and Gruden together, anyone saying that, I highly doubt they were actually a Bucs fan that paid any attention to the pre-Dungy days. What Dungy did with the Bucs was amazing, he took a joke of an organisation and turned them, in one season, into a perennial playoff team. With no offense to speak off, based totally on defense, the team went to – and should have won – the 99 NFC Championship game. The NFL had to create a new catch rule to cover for the BS call in that game against Bert that gave the Greatest Frauds on Earth a SB appearance they should have never gotten. In 2002 when Gruden came in all he had to do is not screw it up. The Glazers didn’t let him do anything to the defensive staff, thankfully, and Gruden came in too late to screw up the roster, plus Rich McKay was still there to stop that from happening. After he won the SB in 2002 and everyone said hey great job winning a SB with Dungy’s team, Gruden couldn’t stand that and demanded that he get to reform the team in his image. So first to go was Rich McKay, after McKay wouldn’t sign an old and incredibly slow Andre Rison, Gruden went to the Glazers and threw a fit and got McKay fired. Then Gruden hand picked his stooge Bruce Allen to be his GM. So in the first full offseason of Gruden’s reign they cut John Lynch and let Sapp walk, without ever even talking with him about a contract, and used that money to sign an injured Charlie Garner (RB from Oakland since he’s so forgettable) to a huge contract along with a bunch of old offensive linemen who were constantly injured. Gruden destroyed the team to PROVE to everyone that he could win without Dungy’s team – and we know the results.

    Dungy built a winning team, him and Monte took it from absolutely nothing to world champ, a stadium that was rocking and sold out every week, where you had a massive waiting list just to buy tickets and you had basically the same chances of winning the lottery as you did getting tickets to a home game.

    Gruden took a world champ team and destroyed it, turned it into nothing, an irrelevant team that no one outside of this area cared about and he also killed the fanbase. If Gruden didn’t have Monte running the defense we’re talking about a year in, year out, 4-12, 5-11 coach.

  37. LakeLandBuc Says:

    The bottom line is: It don’t take much to get into the Bucs Ring Of Honor. After all we are talking about a franchise with an All-Time record of 250-393-1. A 36% career winning percentage over 40 years. 12 winning seasons in 40 years, I see why fans of other teams take our fans for a joke. This Franchise is PATHETIC and the ROH is even more PATHETIC.

  38. Buccfan37 Says:

    Stop reminding me of the bad past.

  39. DBS Says:

    Dungy NEVER took it to world champ. It took Gruden to get it that far. He had to put the offense together and his knowledge to get it over the hill Dungy could not top!

  40. Pickgrin Says:

    That’s some pretty serious revisionism there Rod Munch.

    Dungy deserves a lot of accolades for a good bit of what you wrote. But Gruden deserves even more for building the offense up with FA talent and providing a good scheme and capable OC (himself) – as well as winning the Super Bowl of course. Gruden did all those things in year 1 while Dungy was incapable of accomplishing any of it in the previous 6.

    The lack of high draft picks and Glazers slamming the wallet shut is what really screwed the remainder of Gruden’s tenure in Tampa Bay. Yes Bad decisions were made – namely having Bruce Allen as the GM – but Chucky still squeezed 9-7 out of the last 2 teams he coached – and those were very much 5-11 type rosters talent wise.

  41. yrbndr Says:

    All deserved love to Dungy for changing the culture of the Bucs BUT his myopic view of offense and shackles he placed on it cost the Bucs at least one SB… It took a new voice to resurrect the offense to win a SB! Chucky with his warts was the juice the Bucs needed to take it home. It was one and done but he did it!

  42. thespiritof76 Says:

    @ Rod Munch:

    You read my mind – literally, my friend.

    I remember when “Mean Gene” first started for the Bucs in 1989 and it was an immediate adrenaline shot. Yes, yes, he flubs stuff but I think much of it is due to the fact that he calls FSU games and then high tails it to call the Bucs game and probably doesn’t get that much rest during the season.

    I actually met Gene Deckerhoff after an Orlando Predators game back in 1999 and I got a chance to speak to him for about 30 minutes. Wow. Such a nice man. He didn’t know me from Adam but treated me like a longtime close friend. His face lit up when I told him my Sundays in the fall where spent with him during my adolescence.

    He used to do a TON of the Predators and Storm TV games that used to air on Sunshine Network. He even did the 1998 Arenabowl Highlights video. I need to get that old VHS tape converted to digital and uploaded to the net’ since the Predators (for now at least) no longer exist.

    On a side note, pretty sad to see what the Arena League has fallen to. Five teams and the only “old” team left is the Storm. Every other old team has either folded or went to another league. That said, the Predators leaving was still a HUGE shocker as they still drew 12,000 in 2016. I have heard rumors of the Magic possible bringing them back in a few years or even Jeff Vinik owning a 2nd team, being the Predators, which would be damn ironic….

  43. thespiritof76 Says:

    Ok guys – who is a “sleeper” choice for the ROH one day ?

    My sleeper pick ?

    Randy Grimes

  44. Rod Munch Says:

    Pickgrin – Gruden was 9-7 those last two years, and then two later with a team with even less talent Raheem Morris had them 10-6. Gruden did what he did with one of the top defenses in the league, the Bucs in 2007 had the league’s #2 defense and in 2008 they still had the #10 defense. Gruden lived off Tony Dungy early on, then lived off Monte later. Until 2015 the best Bucs offense they ever had was under Dungy in 2000 when they had the #7 offense in the league.

    Gruden isn’t terrible, he’s just nothing all that special – at least in Tampa he wasn’t. He had great dominating defenses – and one of, if not the best, defense in NFL history in 2002 and he took it apart. That to me is unforgivable and it’s why I’ve never been a fan. I am 100000% sure that had Steve Spurrier came in in 2002 and was told he’s not allowed to touch the defense, just work on the offense, the Bucs would have won the Super Bowl that year. It’s my opinion, others can disagree.

  45. Rod Munch Says:

    thespiritof76 – Gene is awesome and it really was that first year with Jesse Ventura and Al Keck that got me hooked on listening to games, and I basically did so until it became a huge pain to sync up HD with the radio – something I wish the radio people would address since I think there used to be a lot of people that watched games that way, with the broadcast turned down and the radio turned up. I never thought as Deckerhoff as being someone that flubbed things – I never really thought of him as doing anything wrong. Going back to the wrestling stuff since it’s what I grew up and stuck with through the late 90s, Deckerhoff is like the Jim Ross of NFL radio, he brings a ton of excitement to broadcast and he’s just so remarkably good. But on the side note it’s odd how EA Madden uses Deckerhoff as an in stadium announcer. You got the best play by play guy in the biz and Madden uses him to say 2nd and 17 in the background, just odd.

    Anyways I’m certain Deckerhoff will be induced the moment he retires. I think a few years ago he might have been a little off his game, but last year he sounded like how Deckerhoff has always sounded, as good as ever, so hopefully he’s around for a long long time still.