Saturday, January 20, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs help spread message at All Pro Dad event

TAMPA — One after another, they lined up at the 30-yard line at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday morning, fathers racing to the back of the end zone, with their sons, with their daughters, and often with cellphone cameras out capturing the moment as they ran.

Five or six seconds later, they had answered a key question: Are you still faster than your kids? And, more importantly: Are you taking the time to find out?

That was the message to about 1,200 participants — some faster than others — at the All Pro Dad Father & Kids Experience: Take time to be active and engaged in your children's lives.

"A father is a major role model in a child's life," said Bucs defensive tackle Clinton McDonald, who spoke to the group as part of the event. "That child grows up emulating his father, learns what he wants to be through his father. I know I did when I was a kid. This event just puts the emphasis on the father and his responsibility and role in a child's life."

McDonald, 29 and in his third season with the Bucs, had daughters Laila, 10, and Emerald, 1, with him Saturday, and he and his wife, Alicia, are expecting a third girl this month. He remembers his father, Larry, a retired Air Force veteran, showing him about hard work and dedication on Saturday mornings as he and his older brother worked with him on construction jobs growing up.

McDonald said it's important for his children to see him doing more than just tackling opponents.

"Here, they don't see me in a jersey or helmet, hitting somebody," he said. "They see me giving back, and it instills in their mind that it's better to give than receive. We can't be about ourselves."

Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston made an unbilled appearance at the event, and defensive line coach Jay Hayes was there as well. All Pro Dad is a part of Family First, a nonprofit organization based in Tampa, founded in part by former Bucs coach Tony Dungy.

The field took participants through different football challenges — running the 40, throwing footballs at targets, trying to get past padded would-be tacklers — with lessons for fathers sprinkled throughout as well.

Saturday's sold-out event was the organization's 18th in Tampa — they're nearing 100 nationally in other NFL markets — and the theme of this year's event is "HERO," challenging fathers to be heroes in their children's lives.

"All kids really want a loving dad involved in their lives, but they long for a hero to really lead them," said Mark Merrill, president of Family First. "We always have a huge crowd in Tampa Bay, and it's really an encouragement."

For more information or to donate, visit allprodad.com.

Contact Greg Auman at [email protected] and (813) 310-2690. Follow @gregauman.

Comments
NFL Playoffs: Reconsidering the franchise quarterback imperative

NFL Playoffs: Reconsidering the franchise quarterback imperative

TAMPA — So much for needing a franchise quarterback to reach the Super Bowl.Sure, the Patriots Tom Brady is back in his seventh straight conference championship game and his 12th overall. But check out the other schlubs under center SundayIt's ...
Published: 01/19/18
Happy 15th anniversary to the greatest play in Bucs history: Ronde Barber shuts down the Vet

Happy 15th anniversary to the greatest play in Bucs history: Ronde Barber shuts down the Vet

Fifteen years ago today, cornerback Ronde Barber made what's considered the greatest play in Bucs  history, returning an interception of Eagles' quarterback Donovan McNabb 92-yards for a game-clinching touchdown in a 27-10 win in the NFC Championship...
Published: 01/19/18
Jameis Winston shares MLK’s message: Don’t lose infinite hope

Jameis Winston shares MLK’s message: Don’t lose infinite hope

Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston, only weeks removed from a disappointing 2017 season, had a relevant but larger message for teenagers on Friday morning: Don't let small setbacks keep you from your dreams."If you have a phone, if you have a pen and pa...
Published: 01/19/18
Greatest moment in Tampa Bay sports history happened 15 years ago today

Greatest moment in Tampa Bay sports history happened 15 years ago today

Happy Friday, Tampa Bay.Fifteen years ago today, Ronde Barber intercepted Donovan McNabb to shut down Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium and send the Bucs to the Super Bowl. Times columnist Tom Jones and many others consider this the greatest moment in ...
Published: 01/19/18
Rick and Tom podcast: Super Bowl berths on the line

Rick and Tom podcast: Super Bowl berths on the line

In their latest podcast, Rick Stroud and Tom Jones look back at last week’s playoff games to break down the upcoming conference championship games.Rick and Tom agree that New England should roll over Jacksonville but disagree on Minnesota-Philadelphi...
Published: 01/19/18
Rick and Tom podcast: What does it mean when Bucs GM cringes at expectations?

Rick and Tom podcast: What does it mean when Bucs GM cringes at expectations?

Bucs general manager Jason Licht told Rick Stroud that he cringed at some of the preseason expectations last season, and the outrage from some fans has been more than he expected.In their latest podcast, Rick Stroud and Tom Jones break down what it a...
Published: 01/18/18
DeSean Jackson says Jameis Winston needs to stop trying to “impress the world,” and play his game

DeSean Jackson says Jameis Winston needs to stop trying to “impress the world,” and play his game

Receiver DeSean Jackson stopped short of saying he regretted his decision to sign a three-year, $33.5-million contract as a free agent with the Bucs last March. But he certainly is disappointed in his lack of chemistry with quarterback Jameis Winston...
Published: 01/17/18
Bucs LB Kwon Alexander headed to Pro Bowl

Bucs LB Kwon Alexander headed to Pro Bowl

Kwon Alexander is headed to the Pro Bowl.The third-year Bucs linebacker, who led the NFL in solo tackles a year ago, was announced Tuesday as an injury replacement for Seattle's Bobby Wagner.Alexander, 23, won't have to go far, as the game is back in...
Published: 01/16/18

AFCCONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPJaguars at Patriots, 3 p.m. Sunday TV: CBS Line/OU: Patriots by 7½; 45NFCCONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPVikings at Eagles, 6:40 p.m. Sunday TV: Fox Line/OU: Vikings by 3; 38½Super Bowl LIIJaguars or Patriots vs. Vikings or Eagles, 6...
Published: 01/15/18
Updated: 01/19/18

Shrine Game journal: Homecoming for Utah OL Salesi Uhatafe; Quinton Flowers works on snaps

ST. PETERSBURG — Salesi Uhatafe is back in his hometown, and though he moved to Texas when he was still a baby, it’s very much a homecoming as the former Utah offensive lineman plays in Saturday’s East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field."I’ll probab...
Published: 01/15/18