Bucs rookies donate their time on day off
Tuesday is an off day in a normal NFL week, but a dozen Bucs rookies took time Tuesday to help out during the lunch rush at Trinity Cafe, which serves about 300 meals a day to the community in Tampa.
"Any time I can take time out of my schedule to do stuff like this, I definitely will do it," said rookie quarterback Jameis Winston, who made his NFL debut Sunday in the Bucs' 42-14 loss to the Titans. "It's a special day for us. A man at my table said 'Keep your head up,' so it's a good day for me, a positive thing to know we still have people supporting us. You can't be selfish. There are a lot of people in need, good people ... anytime I see someone I can help, I always hold my hand out."
The Bucs players -- rookies Winston, Donovan Smith, Ali Marpet, Kwon Alexander, Adam Humphries and Kyle Brindza, plus draft pick Kenny Bell and practice-squad members Donteea Dye, Rannell Hall, Josh Keyes, Imoan Claiborne and Jude Adjei-Barimah -- signed autographs and met with guests at Trinity Cafe, but also got involved helping out. Players donned aprons and plastic gloves, helping serve meals, refill drinks, clear tables as part of a busy lunch that is served year-round.
The visit is part of Hunger Action Month, a campaign launched by Feeding Tampa Bay with the hopes of drawing attention to hunger struggles in the United States. Trinity Cafe, located on Nebraska Ave. near downtown Tampa, has been helping the community since 2001 with a mission to "restore a sense of dignity to those in need of support while serving a nutritious meal."