Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Wrong number? Fan gets autographed Mike Evans jersey from Bucs

Justin Deeds got the text message in March and wasn't sure what to do with the exciting news: The Bucs were reminding him of his scheduled meeting coming up that Thursday after his pro day at Ohio State.

"I'd be glad to do so. I'd love to a part of the Bucs organization," he texted back, "even though I'm a high school senior."

Deeds, 18, played safety at Twinsburg High School in Ohio, listed at 5-foot-10 and 160 pounds. He isn't quite NFL-ready, but when the Bucs apologized for the wrong-number text, they offered to send him something. So he aimed high.

"As a longtime football fan is there any chance that I can get a signed Mike Evans jersey(?)" he texted.

Sure enough, the unnamed Bucs staffer said they would be happy to do so once players got back to One Buc Place, and last week, Deeds got a package with a sharp new white No. 13 Bucs jersey, signed by Evans.

"Best accidental text ever," he tweeted Wednesday in posting a photo of him holding up the jersey.

Deeds, who will attend Kent State this fall to study accounting, said he's still a Browns fan first and foremost, but he'll pull for the Bucs against anyone else and even has relatives who live in Tampa.

"You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take," he said of the bold request for an autographed jersey. "If I didn't ask, I wasn't getting it, so it didn't hurt to ask."

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