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Paul Gruber
No. 74     
Offensive Tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1965-02-24) February 24, 1965 (age 54)
Place of birth: Madison, Wisconsin
Career information
College: Wisconsin
NFL Draft: 1988 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4
Debuted in 1988 for the [[{{{debutteam}}}]]
Last played in 1999 for the [[{{{finalteam}}}]]
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • 3x All-Pro selection (1989, 1991, 1992)
Games played     183
Games started     183
Seasons     12
Stats at NFL.com

Paul Blake Gruber (born February 24, 1965 in Madison, Wisconsin) is a former American football offensive tackle in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fourth overall in the 1988 NFL Draft. He played college football at Wisconsin.

Professional careerEdit

Gruber spent his entire National Football League career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1988 to 1999. He never missed a snap in his first five years in the league. Over his 12-year career he appeared in 183 games, starting all of them, which was a Buccaneers record until Derrick Brooks broke it in 2007.

For most of his career, Gruber was one of the few marquee players on a bad team; indeed, his early years were spent on some of the worst teams in Bucs history.[1] He missed the last part of the 1999 season, in which the Buccaneers advanced all the way to the NFC Championship Game, due to a broken leg. The injury was slow to heal in the offseason, which was a factor in his decision to retire during the summer of 2000.[2]

On June 6, 2012, it was announced that Paul Gruber will be the latest member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneer Ring of Honor. Gruber will join hall of famer Lee Roy Selmon, former coach John McKay and tight end Jimmie Giles as the fourth inductee into the Ring of Honor, established in 2009.

ReferencesEdit

  1. De La Torre, J.C. Top Ten Draft Picks in Buccaneers History. Bleacher Report, 2010-04-17.
  2. Romano, John. Loving every minute of it. St. Petersburg Times, 2001-01-25.


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