TAMPA - Former Buccaneers left tackle Paul Gruber joined the Bucs' Ring of Honor on Wednesday with an appearance at One Buc Place.
I can remember the day back in 1988 when Paul Gruber was introduced as the Bucs #1 pick from Wisconsin.
He was soft-spoken polite guy. Big guy. We would come to call him Grubs.
On the field, he became one of the best left tackles of his generation, and never got his just due because in those days, the Bucs were the Yuks.
After 12 seasons, Grubs retired. He never missed a regular season game in his entire career.
He was accountable, each day, every day. Grubs is exactly what Coach Schiano wants his players to be.
Grubs was always one of my favorite players back then.
I remember sitting his house when he held out of camp because of money. Really, he didn't like sitting out, but he knew the business side told him he had to do it. It killed him to do it.
He got his money, which was well deserved.
Now, he joins Lee Roy Selmon, John McKay and Jimmie Giles in the Ring of Honor.