September 27, 2023

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No Ring of Honor For The Bucs in 2023

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Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Tony Dungy speaks to the fans after being inducted in the team's Ring of Honor during halftime of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)

We made a post on our Facebook page Thursday, stating that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be celebrating Ronde Barber’s induction into the Hall of Fame appropriately during Week 3’s contest against the Philadelphia Eagles, but added to the news wire came word from Greg Auman of Fox Sports that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will not be inducting anyone into the Ring of Honor this year. Greg Auman also mentioned that this would only be the second time since 2009 that the organization has not inducted a player into the Ring of Honor. The Bucs did not conduct a Ring of Honor ceremony in 2020 due to COVID-19 protocols.

Many fans had heard the news and are wondering why they are not inducting anyone this year into the Ring, with so many people in line deserving of the honor. Ricky Bell, Simeon Rice, and Hardy Nickerson are some of the players that pop into my mind at first, and then there is one in particular who is more deserving of the honor; Jill Hobbs. Hobbs had been with the team since 1976 until her passing in 2021. She was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. No one, in my opinion, is more deserving than Jill Hobbs of a Ring of Honor induction, and this should be the reason the organization is not doing an induction this year: preparations for Jill and making it the best induction in team history.