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July 13, 2011 @ 6:54 am
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TE Giles Latest Inductee Into Bucs Ring Of Honor

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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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    I would have maybe liked to see Ricky Bell in before Giles but I am ok with the choice. It seems like Doug Williams goes back and forth with the Bucs so much that while he probably deserves to be in he may have to wait a while. And I'd like to say that in two years (after Ricky next year) I want Donald Igwebuike in. :)
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    I got to watch Giles when I was a kid and he was awesome, but seriously if Winslow continues on the pace he is on, he only needs a couple of more yrs to surpass him. Our offense is going to be very hard to stop this year if everyone comes back healthy.
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    Trust me JonnyG. You would have loved Jimmie Giles. He was the best part of the Earl Campbell trade. The trade could have propelled the young Bucs if we knew how to draft. Of course we drafted QB Doug Willliams who threw the prettiest pass you'll ever see even if it doesn't hit the target. Better leader than true QB while with the Bucs. The 2nd round pick we got was used to draft OG Brett Moritz who didn't even start in college. The 3rd round pick we got was DE Regie Lewis who may not have seen the field and the 5th round pick we got was for QB Chuck Fusina who did little for a few years. Giles used to hold the ball out like Walter Payton that used to scare us fans, but the guy was good.
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    Good article from SI back in '83 that explains Doug Williams' bitter contract negotiations with Culverhouse http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1121415/1/index.htm
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    Doug Williams was a loyal Buc and would have retired with us if it wasn't for racist Culverhouse. We would have never gotten that idiot coach from Alabama (Ray Perkins- Mr. no personalty) When Williams contract was up, Culverhouse offered him a small raise and most of that included a way over valued piece of property on Dale Maybry that Culverhouse owned with other investors.
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    Boy, Doug Williams has got to have steam coming out of his ears right about now.
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    Doug Williams is not ring worthy, and I'm sure he would rather go into the Redskins ring of honor anyway as he signs his name with his redskin # and not his Bucs #
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    He's already in the 'Skins ring of honor. Not saying he deserves to be in the Bucs', but he is definitely the only franchise QB we've ever had (until Freeman) and took us from worst to first. But yes, his loyalty is to the 'Skins and it'll probably always be that way.
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    One of the best TE's during his time frame and was not credited for it because he was with the Bucs. Back then we were a laughing stock. Culverhouse the racist didn't help either and John McKay, the whimp boy for Culverhouse, kept it that way because Culverhouse didn't want his players to get recognized so he would have to pay them more money. Culverhouse name should be black balled for any recognition and the Black Payers who were under his thumb should come out and speak about Culverhouse the racist. Talk about unfair pay, just look at the Bucs back then and see money if he was on a northern team back then. So guys like Jimmie Giles get screwed because to many of you are to young to understand the racism back then by Hugh Culverhouse.
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    I remember Giles being a very good TE, but ring worthy? Not sure. Quite honestly, not sure who the Bucs have besides Lee Roy, Nickerson, then the crew who won the SB. Regardless, many young people will look at the stats and not be impressed. The game has changed ALOT and remember one thing: STATS are for baseball
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    Scubog briefed me on why he should be in the ring of honor so being that he was around from the begining and I wasn't I will take his word for it.
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