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Reunion of champions

Keyshawn Johnson and Jon Gruden hugged. Brad Johnson fought back tears. Warren Sapp strutted. The old gang was back in town as about 50 members of the 2002 Super Bowl championship team were honored at halftime of Sunday's Bucs game against the Eagles.

The group reminisced at a party Saturday night, then took the field Sunday to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the season capped by a 48-21 victory over the Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII.

"This weekend is a party," Sapp said. "It was great to see all the guys back together again celebrating something special."

At halftime, 21 starters — all but current Buc Ronde Barber, who was in the locker room — were introduced, running onto the field with smoke and fireworks. There was Simeon Rice. Mike Alstott. Super Bowl MVP Dexter Jackson. Sapp. John Lynch. Derrick Brooks, the team leader, was the final player to run onto the field.

Said Joe Jurevicius: "For the most part, it looks like most of us can step on the field and play."

Reunion of champions 12/09/12 [Last modified: Sunday, December 9, 2012 8:00pm]
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