More than two dozen Buccaneers players, along with members of the team's staff, shaved their heads, their beards and got haircuts on Wednesday to benefit pediatric cancer research.
X Marks the Spotlight: 6th Annual Cut for a Cure The Buccaneers will host their 6th Annual Cut for a Cure on Monday benefiting the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Players and staff will be participating by either shaving, cutting or coloring their hair for the cause. Team captains leading the charge this year are Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David and Beau Allen. This year, General Manager Jason Licht has pledged to shave his head if the Bucs raise $100,000. As of 9 a.m. on Monday morning, the Bucs' total was over $76,000 with just hours to go before the event. To read more on Licht's challenge and his motivation behind it, click here.
Rookies Go Up Ranks at MacDill Air Force Base and U.S. Central Command The 2018 rookie class was given an in-depth look at what the men and women who operate out of MacDill Air Force Base do on a day-to-day basis. When they arrived, the group was addressed by General Votel, who is a four-star general with the U.S. Army that is based at MacDill. He spoke of the parallels between his soldiers and the rookies, stating that the transition from civilian to member of the military and college athlete to professional wasn't 'dissimilar.' He shared with them the values that he felt transcended both occupations and closed with wishing the rookies luck as they progress into the season. "It's basically a brotherhood," rookie cornerback M.J. Stewart said after hearing General Votel address the group. "Being a soldier, you have to count on the person next to you. Same thing in football. If I can't count on my safety or my d-linemen, we're no good as a defense so it's all about being accountable to the brother next to you and not giving up on the person next to you." Each rookie shook the General's hand and thanked him as they dispersed into various demos and breakout groups. Some were shown an array of weaponry and technology used in battle situations – including a night vision demonstration. Others learned of the surveillance and monitoring Central Command is responsible for – including every war situation going on around the globe, whether or not the U.S. is involved. There was even a live taser demonstration as well as a look at what the K-9 unit is capable of in arrest and questioning situations. "We got to learn a lot of new stuff and see how the people that protect our country work every day," first-round pick Vita Vea said. "When we were over there with the Army, they were showing us the different techniques they use and how they use their dog. It was really cool." Then the guys were taken out to the U.S. Special Command Fire Station, which responds to any plane-related fire emergencies as well as any other situations on base. Alex Cappa, Carlton Davis and Ronald Jones were among the rookies that got to try their hand at spraying the fire hose, and a brief shootaround even broke out with rookies and service members around the basketball hoop. "This fire department stuff was pretty fun," rookie cornerback Carlton Davis said of the day. "Spraying the water was exciting for me. I got a thrill out of it. I felt like I was a real firefighter putting out a fire. I put a lot of effort into it, too! It was pretty fulfilling." "I think my favorite part was just getting to see the inner-workings of the military," rookie safety Godwin Igwebuike said as the day concluded. "When you think military, you think automatically about war and you just think about guns, weapons, bombs, etc. But it was cool to meet the individuals behind all the planning and things, whether that be sending guys over or even evacuations - how they are planning months and months in advance. Then outside of that planning there are different sectors, different groups that have different jobs. It makes it more personal, realizing the lives behind it and the minds that go into it on a daily basis." Jameis Winston Kids Around at his 3rd Annual Football ProCamp The quarterback hosted his 3rd Annual Jameis Winston Football ProCamp this past weekend. The two-day camp featured non-contact drills and team-building activities facilitated by the area's best high school and college coaches. It also featured appearances by many of Winston's teammates, including Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David, Kwon Alexander, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ronald Jones, M.J. Stewart and more. A total of 13 Buccaneers players were on hand each day, playing around with all participants. Winston also invited Special Olympics athletes to participate along with 16 winners from his hometown in Alabama, who took part in an art collage contest. The winners were chosen from local schools in Bessemer and Hueytown and given an all-expenses paid trip to Tampa for the weekend to participate in the camp through Winston's Dream Forever Foundation. What's On Deck: 6/6Mike Evans OTA Practice– The wide receiver is inviting military families, including five Gold Star families who have lost a loved one in action, to watch practice, eat lunch and run drills with him at One Buc. 6/7Synagogue School Visit** – OL Ali Marpet has invited Rabbi Chait and a group of students to One Buc Place for lunch and practice viewing on the back patio.