Lee Roy Selmon will soon have company in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Ring of Honor at Raymond James Stadium.
The Buccaneers will hold a press conference on Wednesday afternoon to reveal the identity of the second inductee into the Ring of Honor. The team will also reveal one other bit of much-anticipated news on Wednesday: When the second Throwback Game in franchise history will take place.
The Ring of Honor was introduced during the 2009 season, with Selmon becoming the inaugural inductee during the team's first-ever Throwback Game against the Green Bay Packers on November 8. This year's inductee will also have his name added to the stadium façade during the Throwback Game.
After playing a wildly popular Throwback Game last fall, the team has committed to holding at least one such contest each season through 2013. Fans have been eager to learn which of the eight regular-season home dates on this fall's schedule will get the throwback treatment, which last year included an orange-themed look not only for the players but for the stadium, the cheerleaders, the coaches and virtually every aspect of the event.
Last year, the Bucs wore a uniform based on their attire from that inaugural '76 season, featuring orange jerseys, white pants and the original pirate logo with the feathered hat and a knife clenched in his teeth. The throwback uniform was very well-received by the fans...not to mention successful in its rebirth. In quarterback Josh Freeman's first career start, the Buccaneers beat the playoff-bound Green Bay Packers, 38-28, for their first victory of the season.
The Bucs and Packers had been fierce division rivals for 25 years as part of the former NFC Central before the 2009 Throwback Game. There are plenty of traditional rivals on this year's schedule as well, including New Orleans, Carolina, Atlanta, St. Louis and Detroit, in addition to such intriguing matchups as Pittsburgh, Seattle and Cleveland.
So which one will be the Bucs' Throwback opponent? And who will join Selmon in the Ring of Honor this year? Find out on Wednesday. The press conference at One Buccaneer Place will begin at 2:00 p.m. ET and will be carried live on Buccaneers.com.