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Sunday, June 5, 2011
Bucs salute Tom McEwen

By Pat Yasinskas

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers just issued a statement on the passing of legendary former Tampa Tribune sports editor and columnist Tom McEwen.

"Tom McEwen was a legendary difference-maker in journalism, sports, and the Tampa Bay region,’’ the team said. “Had Tom decided to dedicate his trademark smarts, gusto, and energy to something else, there would be no Buccaneers. If Tampa Bay had its own Mount Rushmore, Tom McEwen would be etched on it. Thank you and rest in peace, friend."

That part about there not being any Buccaneers if McEwen wasn’t around is absolutely true. The man was sort of the sports mayor of Tampa and he lobbied long and hard for the area to get an expansion team. When it looked like the Bucs might be looking for a new home in the 1990s, no one fought harder than McEwen to make sure they stayed.