Paul Gruber to be inducted Oct. 14, Throwback Game on Oct. 21

TAMPA FL - DECEMBER 05: Running back LeGarrette Blount #27 and receiver Mike Williams #19 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrate Blount's touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during the game at Raymond James Stadium on December 5 2010 in Tampa Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will induct the newest member of the Ring of Honor on October 14 against the Kansas City Chiefs, which is week 6 of the 2012 NFL season. The Bucs won't just honor new inductee Paul Gruber that day, they will also honor the 1997 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That was the first team to make it to the playoffs since 1982, and the first team to win a playoff game since 1979 after they beat the Detroit Lions in the first round of the playoffs.

Those Buccaneers played in pewter and red, though, the first team to play in those uniforms. That means the Bucs will play in their normal outfits during that game against the Chiefs, which means this will be the first time the Ring of Honor induction and the Throwback Game will be held on different dates. The Bucs will hold their throwback game the very next week, on October 21 against the New Orleans Saints.

One more note on the induction of Paul Gruber: the Bucs noted that they are not going through the players in chronological order, and players who have been 'skipped' could earn induction at any future time. That means the Bucs have not skipped players like Doug Williams and James Wilder, and it also doesn't mean the next Buc to be inducted will be a member of the 2002 Buccaneers.

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