The Buccaneers will announce former Bucs TE Jimmie Giles as the 2011 inductee into team’s Ring of Honor, per Giles’ former teammate Doug Williams. The team has scheduled a press conference for 11 am ET tomorrow at One Buc Place.
Giles, who played in the league from 1977-1989, is undoubtedly the Bucs’ best tight end in team history. He earned four Pro Bowls in the creamsicles, making the trip to Honolulu in 1980, 1981, 1982, and 1985. His best individual season came in 1981, when he tallied career highs in catches (45) and receiving yards (786) with 6 receiving TDs. After two less productive seasons, Giles bounced back with a strong 1985 season, posting 43 receptions for 673 yards and a career-best 8 touchdown catches. He also led the team in catches (40) and receiving TDs (7) during the Bucs’ magical run to the NFC Championship game in 1979. Giles finished his career with 350 catches for 5084 receiving yards and 41 receiving touchdowns.
Giles’ selection is clear evidence of the team’s intent to honor Buccaneer greats of yesteryear, and proceed somewhat chronologically in adding members to the Ring. Giles follows Lee Roy Selmon and Rich McKay as the third inductee.
Interestingly, Doug Williams might now be due, at least chronologically, to be inducted into the Ring of Honor. However, given Williams’ rocky relationship with Mark Dominik and the organization, Williams might find himself outside of the ring looking in, literally. There’s litle doubt that he’s worthy of induction, but the nature of his departure might prevent it.
Also, the selection of Giles over the Bucs’ franchise player, Derrick Brooks, could mean that Brooks will have to wait a little while before seeing his name enshrined at Raymond James Stadium, given his more recent retirement. However, considering Brooks’ 11 Pro Bowls, 5 first-team All-Pro selections, iconic status to the franchise, and off-field contributions, his name still