Former Buccaneers Coach Ray Perkins Dies at 79

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers Coach Ray Perkins died Wednesday morning at his home in Northport, AL, his family announced. He was 79 years old.

Perkins coached the Buccaneers from 1987-1990, compiling a record of 19-41 in his three-plus seasons.

Prior to his Buccaneers stint, he also coached the New York Giants from 1979-1982, leaving that job to succeed Bear Bryant at the University of Alabama. He was 23-32 as coach of the Giants, but led the team to its first playoff appearance in 18 years in the 1981 season.

He coached the Crimson Tide from 1983-1986, with a record of 32-15-1 in his four-year stint, going 3-0 in bowl games.

Perkins played for the Crimson Tide as a wide receiver from 1964-1966, and drafted by the Baltimore Colts, where he played in both Super Bowl III and Super Bowl V, earning a ring in the latter.

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