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Bucs adding Jimmie Giles to Ring of Honor

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Published:   |   Updated: March 20, 2013 at 01:34 PM
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Four-time Pro Bowl tight end Jimmie Giles will be the third member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers inducted in the franchise's Ring of Honor, former teammate and Grambling head coach Doug Williams said Tuesday.

The Bucs held a formal announcement at club headquarters.

Giles, who played for the Bucs from 1978 to 1986, will follow Hall of Fame defensive end Lee Roy Selmon and Coach John McKay into the Ring of Honor.

Induction ceremonies are slated for a home game this fall.

Giles still holds the franchise record for career touchdown receptions with 34. Giles was a key contributor to Tampa Bay's playoff seasons of 1979, 1981 and 1982.

Considered a big target for his era at 6-foot-3 and 245 pounds, Giles finished his Bucs career with 279 receptions for 4,300 yards, averaging a robust 15.4 yards per catch before moving on to the Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles.

"During his time, Jimmie was a big tight end that was fast,'' said former Bucs linebacker David Lewis, who played four years in Tampa with Giles. "He could do it all – block, go across the middle, whatever it took. You couldn't cover him with a linebacker … except for me.''

In 1977, Giles was the Houston Oilers' third-round pick out of Alcorn State. The Bucs traded the first overall pick in the 1978 draft to Houston for Giles and four picks. The Oilers selected Hall of Fame running back Earl Campbell at No. 1.

"We went after each other every day in practice and that made both of us better players,'' Lewis said. "After covering Jimmie in practice, a lot of guys I faced on Sundays weren't in his class.

"He was a great teammate and a lot of fun to be around. He spoke his mind, but Jimmie Giles would also take the shirt off his back to help a friend. I'm happy for him.''

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