Plant players sign at One Buc Place
The high school football season was still going on when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reached out to coaches in Hillsborough County, offering them the opportunity to hold their signing day ceremonies at One Buc Place. The plan was for there to be 90-minute slots throughout the day for various teams to use the facilities and auditorium for their presentations.
But when all was said and done, Plant’s Robert Weiner was the only coach to take the Bucs up on their offer.
“I don’t know that they realized exactly what they were getting into with us in particular because of the number of people that we have and how we like to do it … I just knew right away that, ‘Hey we’re interested, can we work out the specifics later on?” Weiner recalled. “We knew it would be a great opportunity.”
The ceremony was held in the main auditorium, the same place new Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter was introduced just weeks ago, and afterwards there was a reception on the back patio overlooking the practice fields.
For Weiner, the experience was a nice change of pace to the Panthers’ normal signing day festivities on the school’s campus and a good motivator for his college-bound athletes.
“We like to strive for excellence and I think you couldn’t be at a better thing than to be at an NFL facility in your hometown for your signing day,” he said. “We really couldn’t thank them enough for opening up their doors.”