TAMPA — Former Bucs tight end Jimmie Giles will be the third person inducted into the team's Ring of Honor.
The announcement will be made at a news conference this morning at One Buc Place.
The Bucs did not confirm Giles' induction Tuesday, but former quarterback Doug Williams left little room for doubt about it.
"Yes it is true! He deserves it," Williams wrote in a text message to the St. Petersburg Times.
Giles, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, played 13 seasons, including nine in Tampa Bay (1978-86). A third-round draft pick of the Houston Oilers in 1977, Giles joined the Bucs in his second season. He had three seasons with 40 or more receptions with them. Giles' seven touchdown receptions in 1979 helped propel the Bucs to the NFC Championship Game for the first time. They fell one win shy of the Super Bowl.
The induction ceremony for Giles, 56, will be at halftime during a regular-season game this fall at Raymond James Stadium.
"In my opinion, he should be in the Hall of Fame," Williams wrote.
Hall of Fame defensive end Lee Roy Selmon and former coach John McKay, who died in 2001, are the others in the Ring of Honor.
Times staff writer Stephen F. Holder contributed to this report.