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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers joined the NFL as members of the AFC West in 1976 as Hugh Culverhouse, a wealthy tax attorney from Jacksonville, was awarded the franchise. The name “Tampa Bay” is used to describe a geographic metropolitan area which encompasses the cities around the body of water known as Tampa Bay, including the city of Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Bradenton, and Sarasota. The Bucs did not win their first game until the 13th week of their second season, starting the franchise with a record of 0–26.
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