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Kiffin, Keyshawn added to Bucs' Super Bowl reunion

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Published:   |   Updated: March 14, 2013 at 03:09 AM
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Monte Kiffin and Keyshawn Johnson have joined the list of more than 50 former coaches and players planning to attend Sunday's Tampa Bay Buccaneers' reunion of the 2002 Super Bowl championship team.

Kiffin, the team's former defensive coordinator, is noted as the architect of the Bucs' famed "Tampa 2" scheme. He resigned as Southern California's defensive coordinator last week. Kiffin and his wife, Robin, still own a residence in Pinellas County.

Johnson, a wide receiver who now works for ESPN, was not on the original list of alumni but was later able to arrange with his bosses to make the trip.

They will join former head coach Jon Gruden and most of the players from the 2002 team during a ceremony at halftime of Bucs game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

According to the team, players expected to attend include Warren Sapp, John Lynch, Derrick Brooks, Mike Alstott, Brad Johnson, Simeon Rice, Martin Grammatica, Keenan McCardell, Joe Jurevicius, Michael Pittman, Brian Kelly, Shelton Quarles and Dexter Jackson.

Johnson, an outspoken and at times controversial figure during his tenure in Tampa (2000-03), told WHFS-FM radio Monday that he expects to be booed when his name is announced to the crowd at Raymond James Stadium.

Tampa Bay defeated the Oakland Raiders, 48-21, in Super Bowl XXXVII on Jan. 26, 2003.

The Bucs are billing Sunday's game as a "rematch" of that season's NFC Championship Game victory over the Eagles.

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