Friday, April 20, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs' Winston keeps promise to injured fan

Promise kept

A year ago, Bucs QB Jameis Winston invited a fan from Tallahassee to training camp who had injured his neck in an ATV accident, and when Peyton Ponder came with his family, still wearing a neck brace, Winston promised him he would throw him a touchdown pass when he came back to Bucs practice healthy.

On Saturday, Winston made good on that promise, as Ponder returned with his family. After spending time with Winston, he walked onto the field, ran a route and reached high for a touchdown pass, celebrating with Winston in the end zone.

Welcome back

The team had 36 former players back at One Buc Place for Saturday's practice on "Legends Day," with the group gathering for a photo on the field after the workout.

Among those in attendance: RB James Wilder, the team's all-time leading rusher, as well as Ring of Honor member TE Jimmie Giles, DB Ronde Barber and former WR Kevin House. The reunion was coordinated by the Bucs' Player Benefits and Alumni Program.

Some of the team's biggest alumni couldn't be there because they were in Canton, Ohio, to see former Bucs coach Tony Dungy be enshrined Saturday night, including Hall of Famers Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks, as well as S John Lynch, who will join the team's Ring of Honor in the fall.

The alumni included six members of the original 1976 Bucs — S Mark Cotney, P/K Dave Green, WR Isaac Hagins, RB Harold Hart, DE Council Rudolph and OT Steve Young.

Public practices

(8:45-10:50 a.m., unless noted)

Today, Tuesday, Saturday, Aug. 15, Aug. 24 (9:45-11:50, practice with Browns)

Note: Admission, parking free at One Buc Place. Times subject to change. Check buccaneers.com for updates.

Preseason schedule

Thursdayat Eagles, 7, Ch. 8

Aug. 20at Jaguars, 7:30, Ch. 8

Aug. 26Browns, 8, Ch. 10

Sept. 1Redskins, 7:30, Ch. 8

Greg Auman, Times staff writer

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