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Bucs to name new member of Ring of Honor

The Bucs are preparing to name the next member of their Ring of Honor.

The team said it will unveil the newest member, to be enshrined this fall, during a Wednesday press conference.

Who is it? So far, no one's talking. But we can certainly make some educated guesses. The most obvious candidate is Doug Williams, the team's former quarterback who helped take Tampa Bay to the 1979 NFC Championship Game. Most thought Williams was the most likely candidate to be named after Lee Roy Selmon and coach John McKay, but it's believed lingering feelings from his unceremonious exit from the front office two years ago played a role in keeping him out in 2011.

Former tight end Jimmie Giles was added instead. Has enough time passed to allow for healing between the Bucs and Williams? That's the unknown that will be answered soon. Co-chairman Bryan Glazer said last year he believed Williams would make it in at some point.

If not Williams, there are other candidates.

Another player from Williams' era, running back James Wilder, is a conceivable choice. Wilder set and still holds numerous franchise rushing and scoring records. Among his marks: most rushing yards in a single season (1,544 in 1984), total yards in a single season (2,229 in 1984) and rushing yards in a single game (219 on Nov. 6, 1983).

Beyond Wilder, there are others, still: The likes of Paul Gruber and Richard "Batman" Wood come to mind as possibilities.

One thing to keep in mind is the fact that the Bucs have never promised players would be enshrined chronologically. Even though the first three selections have come from the team's early years, Glazer has said the team could deviate from that at any time. If that was to happen this year, a long list of younger candidates -- Mike Alstott, Derrick Brooks and others -- come into play.

[Last modified: Monday, June 4, 2012 5:29pm]

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