Buccaneers Pro Scout Shelton Quarles congratulates a 2007 Community Quarterback finalist during a game at Raymond James Stadium last fall
Each year, volunteers throughout the Bay area lend their time and energy to assist those in need. Some individuals keep the community safe while others work with ill children or bring aid to the elderly.
Whatever their cause, most of these individuals receive little acknowledgment for their dedication to the community. In fact, few of these selfless people even seek recognition for their work, though that recognition is so richly deserved. That's where you – and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – come in.
Following the 2008 season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will recognize people such as these as "Community Quarterbacks." Finding the right quarterback to lead your team can be difficult, however, and that's why this team is asking for your help.
From now until Monday, December 22, fans are encouraged to nominate fellow Bay area citizens for the Community Quarterback award right here on Buccaneers.com. To jump to the nomination page, please click here.
Anyone can nominate a potential Community Quarterback. Do you have a friend or relative who is a firefighter, policeman or a rescue worker, or a leader in a charitable cause or just an everyday hero such as a teacher or community leader? The Buccaneers want to hear that story. To make a nomination, simply describe in 150 words or less why your nominee is deserving of the Community Quarterback Award. Ten finalists will be chosen and one will be selected as the 2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Community Quarterback.
The finalists will join Buccaneers players for an awards ceremony and dinner by the team's executive chef at One Buccaneer Place, the team's state-of-the-art headquarters, at the conclusion of the 2008 season. All finalists will receive a commemorative Community Quarterback football and a donation in their name to the local charity of their choice.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Community Quarterback awards are given annually to people who have made exceptional and lasting contributions to the community. Help us celebrate those who display a unique commitment to others and an unbreakable humanitarian spirit. Nominate your Community Quarterback today!