TAMPA — Lifelong Bucs fan Kacey Reynolds took center stage on Thursday night, announcing the Bucs’ first-round selection of linebacker Devin White at the NFL Draft in Nashville.
Reynolds, a 19-year-old from Maysville, Ga., was granted the opportunity through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He is currently battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
When it came time for the Bucs to make their selection at No. 5, Reynolds was introduced by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, looked into the sea of fans gathered in front of the outdoor main stage on Nashville’s Lower Broadway, and announced the pick.
But his wish doesn’t stop there. After announcing the pick last night, Reynolds received a phone call from coach Bruce Arians, who invited him to fly to Tampa along with White to join him for his introductory news conference this afternoon and receive a tour of the Advent Health Training Center.
This morning, White tweeted out a photo of him and Reynolds, writing “... Look who is heading to Tampa Bay with me !!!”
Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans, who is Reynolds’ favorite player, gave Reynolds a shoutout this morning on Twitter. It was through a video message from Evans that Reynolds received the invitation to announce the Bucs’ first pick.
During his conference call with reporters on Thursday night, White spoke about how he formed a quick connection with general manager Jason Licht and Arians on his pre-draft visit to Tampa. During that meeting, White said Arians told him about how invested the Bucs are in the community, especially helping children in need.
“He was telling me how around Tampa Bay, they’re real big on (helping) children, because they know I’ve got a real soft heart for kids,” White said.
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