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July 12, 2011 @ 10:32 am
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Bucs To Announce 2011 Ring Of Honor Inductee On Wed.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be announcing their 2011 Ring of Honor inductee on Wednesday morning at One Buccaneer Place. The Bucs have already inducted Hall of Fame DE Lee Roy Selmon and John McKay, the team's first coach, into the Ring of Honor over the past two years.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will announce their 2011 Ring of Honor inductee at 11:00 a.m. at a press conference at One Buccaneer Place. The Bucs started the Ring of Honor at Raymond James Stadium two years ago with the induction of Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end Lee Roy Selmon, who was the team's number one pick in franchise history in 1976 and remains the Bucs' all-time leading sacker. Last year, the Bucs continued the tradition of recognizing the best from its 1979 NFC Central division championship team by inducting John McKay, the first head coach in franchise history.

Will the team continue to induct members from the early days of the Buccaneers when they wore orange and white uniforms in 1979 and the early 1980s with players like running back Rickey Bell, quarterback Doug Williams or tight end Jimmie Giles, or great players from the early 1990s like left tackle Paul Gruber or middle linebacker Hardy Nickerson, or will Tampa Bay start recognizing some of the franchise's greatest players that helped win Super Bowl XXXVII? Aside from Selmon, linebacker Derrick Brooks is regarded as the team's best player in franchise history. Is it time for the Bucs to leap forward and make him the third inductee into the Ring of Honor? Or will it be former Brooks' teammate, defensive tackle Warren Sapp, or perhaps one of the other two top coaches in franchise history, Tony Dungy or Jon Gruden?

The Bucs will reveal their decision tomorrow at One Buc Place. Check back with PewterReport.com on Wednesday for complete coverage.
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    It's going to be Gary Huff
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    Well JonnyG; let me be the first to enlighten you about #88, Jimmie Giles. I know you were too young to witness our best and most feared offensive weapon of the late 70's and early 80's. But I can assure you, he was every bit as good as K2 and any other TE that has a place in Bucs history. In those days, tight ends were typically in the 6'-2", 225 pound range running 4.8 and up. Giles was 6-3, 245 and ran a 4-6 forty which made him quite unique. With a QB whose completion rate was under 50%, Giles often was streaking down the middle of the field and put up some pretty good stats (for losers). Giles was part of the 1978 trade with Houston for the rights to draft Earl Campbell. The Bucs got Giles and five draft picks; one of which was Doug Williams. The other four picks.....pitiful. In the NFC Championship game against the LA Rams Giles caught a TD pass that would have put the Bucs ahead 7-6 but OG Greg Roberts jumped offsides and the play was called back. In three of Giles first five years the Bucs went to the play-offs. Gruber, on the other hand, never made a Pro-Bowl in spite of his talents and was really on some bad teams. He deserves a place too but not before Giles.
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    @scubog- fair enough!
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    Scubog, well said.
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    I might have to throw up if Gruden's name is ever up there.
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    I think its about time to induct all the great players and coaches who made the bucs of what they are. A team that was the laughting stock for so many years. I hope that Tampa bay if they ever get back into real footbal that good guys do win. It seems that the bad ones does all the news. Its about time that the players that does it job should be reaconized. Go Bucs
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    I met John McKay decade's ago and he is a nice guy. He followed the biggest owner racist there was in the NFL? Hugh Culverhouse! He never defended Leroy(got it right Scubog), Dewey, Williams.and dozens of other Blacks who were being way underpaid. He followed the money from USC and and dug his own grave. No way he belongs in "The Ring of Honor"! I know the truth and many of us know it too!
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    K2 will be the best TE we ever had in this organization!
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    Jimmie Giles was good not great on some very bad Bucs Teams so I know his stats would have been better with a better qb. I think when you induct players into a ring of honor these guys need to emplify greatness not mediocrity like McKay and maybe now Giles. C'mon guys get your act together and put guys in like Gruber, Sapp, Brooks. I would have put Wilder, Carrier, or Kevin House in before Giles!
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    espn is saying its jimmie giles.
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    Just guessing, but how about Tom McEwen?
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    Rumor says Jimmie Giles.
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    I'm guessing they'll continue with the earlier players.
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