Bucs' Ring of Honor induction 'humbling' for Jon Gruden
The Bucs announced this week that the late Malcolm Glazer and former head coach Jon Gruden would be this year's inductees into the team's Ring of Honor, and Gruden, speaking on SiriusXM NFL Radio, said the nod will be very special to him.
"It's humbling for me to even consider being up there with some of the greats," said Gruden, who was the head coach for the Bucs' Super Bowl championship in January 2003, beating his old team in the Raiders in San Diego.
Gruden's relationship with the Bucs goes back well before his days as a head coach -- his father Jim worked with four Ring of Honor inductees with the Bucs as part of coach John McKay's staff, working with Lee Roy Selmon, Doug Williams and Jimmie Giles. Gruden coached four Ring of Honor players in Derrick Brooks, Warren Sapp, Mike Alstott and John Lynch, giving him close ties to nearly all the inductees.
"I'm very thankful to the Glazer family," Gruden said in the interview. "I'm just hoping the (Bucs) can continue to get better and better. I'm excited about their future and very proud to represent them as a former coach."
Gruden will be honored on Dec. 18 when the Bucs play host to the Falcons on Monday Night Football, while Glazer will be honored on Oct. 5 on a Thursday night home game against the Patriots.