Glennon's rookie hazing: Burritos and 'Buttercup'
Much of the talk in NFL interviews today is the culture of hazing, but as the Bucs prepare to face the Dolphins, dealing with the controversy of Richie Incognito's alleged treatment of Jonathan Martin, rookie QB Mike Glennon said his rookie initiation was very tame.
"You hear all these stories, but there wasn't anything I had to do that was bad at all," Glennon said Wednesday. "I had to run to Chipotle a few times to get some burritos for the quarterbacks. I had to sing one time in front of the team and was the only person that had to do so, and that was it. I sang 'Build Me Up, Buttercup.' People start clapping and joining along, so I took that as a good sign. ... It's about as pure and innocent as it gets."
Other Bucs rookies painted the same picture in interviews Wednesday -- defensive tackle Akeem Spence said he carried helmets and pads in training camp, as he expected to. As he told the Times in September, even his rookie dinner wasn't a ridiculous tab, with about $9,000 split four ways among the defensive line rookies.
Rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks said he hasn't been treated badly at all, saying he had heard about rookie hazing entering the league but hasn't had anything improper this season.
"These guys treat me like I'm a vet, treat all the rookies like we're vets," he said. "I love being around these guys, and I think they love being around me. I don't know what's going on in Miami, but I love being here."
Asked what he would do if someone tried to make him pay for a $30,000 dinner, Banks was blunt: "I wouldn't pay for it. I'd leave. I've got a wife and a son at home. I'm not paying a $30,000 bill. ... Somebody would be going to jail for a $30,000 rookie bill."