Former Tampa Bay TE Jimmie Giles is the latest inductee into the Buccaneers Ring of Honor. Giles stills holds the team record for career receiving touchdowns with 34.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are set to introduce former tight end Jimmie Giles as the latest inductee in the team's Ring of Honor at Raymond James Stadium. He will be honored at halftime of one of the Buccaneers home games this season. Giles was an integral part of the Buccaneers' first playoff team in 1979, catching a team-leading 40 passes for 579 yards and seven touchdowns that season as Tampa Bay won its first ever NFC Central division title and advanced to the NFC Championship Game.
The 56-year old Giles joins Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end Lee Roy Selmon, who was inducted two years ago, and Tampa Bay's first head coach, John McKay, who was inducted last year, as the latest member of the Ring of Honor. Giles played under McKay and with Selmon for the majority of his NFL career. The Bucs have inducted their Ring of Honor members during the team's throwback games and could very well do so again this year with Giles, who played during the orange and white Bucco Bruce era. The Bucs made the playoffs three times (1979, 1981-82) with Giles as the starting tight end.
Giles was a four-time Pro Bowler, who played 13 years in the NFL, including nine with the Buccaneers (1978-86). The Alcorn State product was a third-round draft pick by the Houston Oilers in 1977 and was traded Tampa Bay in 1978 as the Bucs surrendered their first overall pick to acquire Giles and four draft picks, one of which was used on QB Doug Williams out of Grambling in the first round.
The 6-foot-3, 248-pound Giles had three years with 40 catches or more with his best season coming in 1985 when he hauled in 43 receptions for 673 yards and eight touchdowns. He finished his Buccaneers career with 279 catches for 4,300 yards (15.4 avg.). Giles made the Pro Bowl in 1980-82 and also during the '85 season.
Giles' 34 career touchdown receptions still stands as a Buccaneers record today, and he ranks third in team history for total touchdowns behind FB Mike Alstott (71) and RB James Wilder (46). The prolific tight end also still holds the franchise record for the most receiving touchdowns in a game, catching four TD passes against Miami on October 20, 1985, which prompted Dolphins head coach Don Shula to say, "I can't remember any tight end dominating us that way."
Giles also became the first Bucs player to hold out of training camp in team history, doing so in 1983. The Natchez, Mississippi native finished his NFL career with Philadelphia from 1987-89.
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