Are you looking for a daily dose of Tampa Bay Buccaneers trivia? Well, you came to the right place. I'm posting a Bucs-related trivia question each workday in the month of April at 10:00 a.m. ET, including today. At 4:00 p.m. ET, I'll update the story to include the answer and share it on Twitter. There's no prize, just the pride you'll get from knowing your team and its history well. And this isn't multiple choice; you'll have to figure out the answer for yourself.
Bucs Daily Trivia Question, April 8:
Anyway, this may have slipped under some of your radars, but on Tuesday the Tampa Bay Buccaneers revealed the new uniforms, marks and colors they will be wearing in 2020 and beyond. I mean, practically nobody has liked, retweeted or responded to this tweet from the Buccaneers with the uniform hype video.
In response to intense fan feedback, the Buccaneers reclaimed much of their look from the Super Bowl-era uniforms, which were worn from 1997 through 2013. Tampa Bay won Super Bowl XXXVII at the end of the 2002 season and such legendary Bucs as Derrick Brooks and Mike Alstott made that look iconic.
You probably remember a lot of the details from that Super Bowl, from MVP Dexter Jackson's two first-half interceptions to Dwight Smith's two pick-sixes to Brooks' 'dagger' of a touchdown in the closing minutes. There's a decent chance you also remember details from the first regular-season game that the Buccaneers played in red and pewter, because that was also a very memorable day in franchise history.
The Buccaneers have a new look in 2020 - take a look at pictures of their new uniforms!
That was the 1997 season opener in which the Buccaneers beat a loaded San Francisco team that would go on to post a 13-3 record. Tampa Bay's emerging defense was the star in that 13-7 decision, and if you remember any details from the game they probably involve Warren Sapp, who had 2.5 sacks and was involved in plays that inadvertently led to injuries to both Steve Young and Jerry Rice.
The Bucs defense rightfully stole the show on that August 31 late afternoon, holding the high-powered 49ers to 191 total yards, 12 first downs and a pair of field goals. In fact, there was only one touchdown scored in the entire game…and I'm guessing you don't remember who got it.
View behind the scenes pictures of Lavonte David, Chris Godwin and Devin White from the Buccaneers' new uniform reveal video.
Presuming no changes to the schedule between now and then, somebody on the Bucs' current roster, or a player added in the interim, is going to be the first one to score a regular-season touchdown in the team's new uniforms, just as that mystery player in 1997 was. He will join a very exclusive group that is the basis for today's trivia question:
Who was the first person to score a regular-season touchdown in each of the Buccaneers' previous three iterations of the uniform?
Come back at 4:00 p.m. ET for the answer!
Answer: The middle of the three, in the game discussed above, was the easiest one to guess, as was evident on Twitter on Wednesday. The most recent one was scored by a player who had exactly one career NFL touchdown, while the first one was probably too far back for a lot of Tampa Bay fans to remember. In chronological order, the three answers to the question are:
1. Danny Reece. Reece was a cornerback and punt/kickoff returner for the early Buccaneers and he scored the franchise's first regular-season touchdown on a 44-yard fumble return against Baltimore on October 3, 1976. That was actually the team's fourth game of the season but it was shut out in the first two before scoring nine points on three Dave Green field goals in its third outing. Reece's touchdown came in the fourth quarter of a 42-17 loss to the Colts and was the only one of his NFL career.
2. Dave Moore. I've already described that 1997 season-opening win over San Francisco above. As dominant as Tampa Bay's defense was that day, the home team was still losing, 6-3, with five minutes gone in the fourth quarter. Then, on second-and-goal from the one, Trent Dilfer faked a handoff to Mike Alstott and rolled right before connecting on the one-yard scoring pass with Moore. Coincidentally, a little over a year later, Moore would also score in the first game ever played at Raymond James Stadium, though his was the second Bucs touchdown of that game.
3. Chris Owusu. Owusu was definitely in the right place at the right time to grab a place in Bucs history. The Bucs introduced a new set of uniforms in 2014 and opened that season at home against Carolina. Midway through the fourth quarter, Josh McCown hit Owusu – not Mike Evans or Vincent Jackson – on a 19-yard touchdown pass to make it 17-7 in an eventual 20-14 loss. Owusu played parts of three seasons in Tampa but that was his only score among his 16 career catches as a Buccaneer. He also caught 10 passes as a New York Jet but did not find the end zone again.