The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Tuesday former head coach Tony Dungy will be inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor this fall.
Dungy, who guided the Buccaneers to four playoff appearances during his six seasons at the helm, will be honored during a halftime ceremony on Sept. 24 (Week 3 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers).
Tony Dungy’s impact on the Buccaneers and the Tampa Bay community is not measured in terms of wins and losses, Buccaneers owner/co-chairman Bryan Glazer said per the team’s official website.
Think about that for a moment. It’s a big reason why the NFL has maintained its foothold as the most popular sport: competitive balance. It’s tough to see the light at the end of some last-place teams’ tunnels, of course, and the reality is that most still have a lot of work in front of them. But when you start drilling down on some of the 2017 bottom dwellers, it’s also not that hard to see an immediate path to turn things around.
The charges are a result of Foster’s former girlfriend, Elissa Ennis, making accusations that led to Foster’s arrest on Feb. 11 in Los Gatos, Calif. Ennis has since recanted the complaints.
Foster, whom the 49ers selected in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, has remained away from the team throughout its offseason program as the legal process plays out.
General manager John Lynch said on April 23 that the 49ers are prepared to move on from Foster if the allegations are proven true.
I do want to be very clear, abundantly clear, that if these charges are proven true, that if Reuben did indeed hit this young lady, he won’t be part of our organization going forward, Lynch said at the time. That’s the standard we want on our team, that’s the standard we are going to operate under.
Additionally, Foster remains subject to potential NFL discipline under the league’s personal-conduct policy, which mandates a six-game suspension for a first-time domestic violence offense.