Giles thrilled to be inducted into Bucs Ring of Honor
Jimmie Giles said the first thing he thought of when he saw his name and No. 88 unveiled in the Bucs Ring of Honor Sunday was how proud he was to be part of the 1979 team of “misfits” that earned its respect by clinching a playoff berth.
But Giles, 57, the greatest tight end in team history, said his focus quickly turned to the name next to his on the Raymond James Stadium rafters, former teammate and friend, the late Lee Roy Selmon. Selmon, the Bucs Hall of Fame defensive end, died Sept. 4 two days after suffering a stroke.
“I told him he had to be there with me by my side,” Giles said. “I was so saddened that he passed because he was going to walk me through it and help me get through it.”
Giles, who joins Selmon and former coach John McKay in the Ring of Honor, was joined by several members of the 1981 Bucs team, reminiscing with them Saturday night at a local hotel. He also had about 65 family members in attendance – coming from Michigan to California – as well as his wife, Vivian, and three children, Candace, Jimmy Jr. and Johnathan. Giles, having racked up a franchise-record 34 touchdown receptions in nine seasons, thanked his family, former teammates and Bucs for the distinction.
“It’s just a great honor and I’m so proud of it,” Giles said. “People talk about how it’s been a long time but I’m going to tell you, it’s worth the wait. It’s worth the wait and I appreciate it.”
-- JOE SMITH