Bucs united inaugural team, current players

TAMPA, Fla. -- I ran into Falcons team president Rich McKay in the Atlanta locker room after Sunday’s game.

His father, John McKay was inducted into the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ring of Honor at halftime of the game. Rich spoke on behalf of the McKay family and about 20 members of the 1976 expansion team stood behind him.

But Rich McKay told me about another event the Bucs put on Saturday night that didn’t get publicized. The Bucs brought the McKay family (Rich was Tampa Bay’s general manager in the 1990s until 2003) and the players from the 1976 team together for a dinner at One Buccaneer Place on Saturday night. Rich McKay said the event was filled with stories about his father and the team’s early years and the closeness the initial players shared still was evident.

But there were some other guests at the event. The Bucs also had their current players spend some time socializing with the 1976 team members.