Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Special Olympians pay Bucs a visit

Special guests

After Saturday's practice more than 50 athletes from Special Olympics Florida representing Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Polk counties participated in passing and receiving drills with members of the Bucs, including QB Jameis Winston, RB Doug Martin and CB Alterraun Verner.

"Man, it takes your mind off everything. You feel their energy. They're playing. They're having fun," Winston said. "You just see what life's all about. We had some great guys out there. You can learn so much from them, just from the way they do things. They're always smiling and I'm thinking about, 'Man, I'm out here all day, after practice.' But they're not even thinking about that. They're just thinking, 'Let's have fun, and let's enjoy each other.' "

Winston's photo may cover one corner of nearby Raymond James Stadium, but there were some among the Special Olympians who didn't know the guy wearing the orange No. 3 jersey.

"It feels good when they're like, 'Who are you again?' I'm like, yes, we can actually have a true friendship," Winston said. "So it's cool."

Ready to play

The Bucs are off today then have two days of practice before traveling Wednesday to Philadelphia for Thursday's preseason opener against the Eagles. When asked if he will be able to take a true break from football on the off day, Winston said, "There is no stepping away. … You just try to peel back a little bit. You can't step away from it. It's a constant football grind." When asked if he was ready to play a game, even if it's just preseason, he said, "I'm ready to play against another team. That's the case for everybody."

Public practices

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

Monday, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 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

Thurs.at Eagles, 7, Ch. 8

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

Aug. 26Browns, 8, Ch. 10

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

Roger Mooney, Times staff writer

Special Olympians pay Bucs a visit 08/06/16 [Last modified: Saturday, August 6, 2016 8:54pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rowdies anxious to get back on track

    Soccer

    ST. PETERSBURG — Having already played four matches in less than two weeks' time, the Rowdies have to turn around again on short rest to host Saint Louis FC today.

    And they're actually glad about it.

  2. Rays pitchers rave about Twins pitching coach, ex-mentor Neil Allen

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — There have been a lot of coaches who have had a hand in helping Chris Archer get to the big leagues and to the front of the Rays rotation, and as he took the mound Friday night at Target Field, he had reason to nod appreciatively toward the home dugout.

    Minnesota Twins pitching coach Neil Allen jogs back to the dugout after paying starting pitcher Tyler Duffey a visit on the mound in the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Thursday, July 7, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
  3. State baseball: Bishop McLaughlin bows out in Class 3A semifinals

    Baseballpreps

    FORT MYERS — One inning into Bishop McLaughlin's Class 3A state semifinal against Fort Myers Canterbury, things could not have gone much better for the Hurricanes. They grabbed a quick one-run lead and Canterbury ace Sam Keating was forced out of the game with a nagging neck injury.

     Chris Berglund (18) of Bishop McLaughlin, at bat during second inning of the FHSAA class 3A semi-final on Friday May 26, 2017 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla. Canterbury, Fort Myers, defeated Bishop 7 to 4. Canterbury will play in the 3A championship tomorrow.
  4. Bucs WR DeSean Jackson knows only one direction: full speed ahead

    Sports

    TAMPA — DeSean Jackson is the "1."

    Actually, Jackson, the Bucs' latest weapon for quarterback Jameis Winston, with his blazing speed and game-changing splash plays, wears No. 11 in games.

    DeSean Jackson, a needed game-breaker for Bucs who signed a $33.5 million deal, welcomes big expectations.
  5. Video preview: Rays open tough road trip facing Twins tonight

    Blogs

    After splitting a four-game series against the Angels to wrap up a winning homestand, the Rays tonight open a nine-game, 10-day roadtrip with the first game of the weekend series with the Twins: