Former Tampa Bay TE Jimmie Giles to be inducted in Bucs' Ring of Honor
The Bucs on Wednesday will announce plans to induct former tight end Jimmie Giles into the club's Ring of Honor, according to former teammate Doug Williams.
"Yes it is true! He deserves it," Williams wrote in a text message to the Times' Rick Stroud.
Giles, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, played 13 seasons, including nine in Tampa Bay. A third-round pick of the Houston Oilers in 1977, Giles joined the Bucs in his second season. He went on to record three seasons with 40 or more receptions, despite playing in an era when tight ends were not used as receivers nearly as extensively as today.
His seven touchdown receptions in 1979 helped propel the Bucs to the NFC Championship Game for the first time, where they fell one win shy of the Super Bowl. Giles still holds the Bucs' career mark for receiving touchdowns with 34. And his 286 receptions while a member of the team is the most by a Tampa Bay tight end.
The induction will take place during a home game this fall to be announced later. The Ring of Honor, which debuted two years ago, has only two other members: First inductee Lee Roy Selmon -- the team's only Hall of Fame selection -- and former coach John McKay.