The last time the Buccaneers took the field at Raymond James Stadium before Sunday, the team recorded a win over the Seahawks, beating Seattle 14-5. The crowd was so loud in Tampa Bay's victory that quarterback Jameis Winston brought a game ball into his weekly press conference and presented it to the fans.
"I really just wanted to give this Game Ball to the fans," Winston said. "They did an amazing job and it really helped us out. So this game ball goes to all the fans for doing an amazing job, and I hope that's in our future every Sunday at [Raymond James Stadium]."
Shortly before kickoff of Sunday's game against the Saints, that game ball was presented to the Bucs faithful…literally. The game ball was presented during a special on-field ceremony and then delivered to fans seated in the first row of Section 108, where it began it's journey through Raymond James Stadium.
Winston knows just how impactful crowd support can be in determining the outcome of a game. He hopes the Bucs fans will be just as loud as they were in Week 12 as Tampa Bay makes a push toward the NFC South title.
"When you've got your fans involved in the game, it definitely messes with the [opponents] that are out there," Winston added. "It just gives a team an extra sort of boost. I just thank them for supporting us."