Tampa Bay Buccaneers bond over paintball
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers bonded over the course of three hours at a paintball park a few miles from Buccaneers headquarters on Thursday morning, according to buccaneers.com.
Head Coach Raheem Morris had chosen to cancel the final day of practice at the team's mandatory mini-camp and instead take his crew out for a morning of team-building and camaraderie. Very competitive camaraderie.
"Coach Morris let us come out and spend our last day of mini-camp playing paintball," said wide receiver Maurice Stovall. "We get a little team camaraderie and we're just having a good time. Competition doesn't change. As it is in the football field, you bring it right to paintball. Everybody wants to win and it's all about you and your teammates executing."
The Buccaneers had taken similar outings to cap their offseason programs in recent years under former Head Coach Jon Gruden, but always to a bowling alley. The trips to the lanes were always a good time, but Thursday's paintball outing more thoroughly brought out the competitive side of the Buccaneers' players, coaches and football staffers. Howls of victory were common – Adam Hayward, Cadillac Williams, Maurice Stovall and Jameel Cook were usually the loudest – and challenge matches were arranged every few minutes.
[Photos: courtesy Tampa Bay Buccaneers]