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Good Call on John McKay

Posted Jun 15, 2010 by Ira Kaufman

Updated Jun 15, 2010 at 11:36 AM

By IRA KAUFMAN

TAMPA—The Bucs could have gone in multiple directions. In the end, they went in the right one.

Choosing John McKay to follow Lee Roy Selmon into Tampa Bay’s Ring of Honor was the proper move.

That doesn’t mean Doug Williams, Derrick Brooks and Warren Sapp wouldn’t have been solid selections to join Selmon and be memorialized at Raymond James Stadium this fall. But those Buc players will assuredly have their day in the Tampa sun, along with Mike Alstott, John Lynch, Ronde Barber, Paul Gruber, Hardy Nickerson and Warrick Dunn.

McKay deserves to follow Selmon because he played a key role in laying the foundation for the franchise. Under his guidance, the Yucks became division champions by Year 4 and almost advanced to the Super Bowl, with Selmon and Williams leading the way.

McKay’s overall record in Tampa wasn’t impressive, but he won two division titles and the Bucs made the playoffs three times in his nine seasons on the sidelines.

By saluting their roots, the Bucs are building that Ring of Honor one icon at a time. The Bucs don’t always handle these off-field issues correctly, but in this case, they are off to a very good start.

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