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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