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Tampa Bay Buccaneers have some fun to begin London trip

Adrian Clayborn tries to stop a student from getting past him as players and cheerleaders from the Bucs visit the Harris Academy South Norwood in London.

SEAN RYAN | Special to the Times

Adrian Clayborn tries to stop a student from getting past him as players and cheerleaders from the Bucs visit the Harris Academy South Norwood in London.

LONDON — Pass rushing Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy has been responsible for some changing of the guards, but nothing like what took place Tuesday at Buckingham Palace.

With a game against the Bears on Sunday at Wembley Stadium, McCoy and his teammates were in London, visiting British schoolchildren and taking in the sights with crews from Sky Sports and Fox television.

The day began with a group of 13 players, mostly rookies, including Adrian Clayborn, Da'Quan Bowers and Mason Foster, visiting the Harris Academy South Norwood in southern London to teach American football drills.

Meanwhile, McCoy was trailed by a camera crew from Sky Sports, which took him on a city tour beginning with a boat ride on the Thames River.

Then it was off to Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Horse Guards and 10 Downing Street, the home of the prime minister.

Bucs offensive linemen Donald Penn, Davin Joseph, James Lee and Jeremy Zuttah filmed light-hearted teasers for the Fox TV pregame show and had tons of fun doing it.

"I seen all the great sites of London today," McCoy tweeted. "What a blessing!!"

The Bucs returned to the Pennyhill Park Luxury Hotel and Spa in Surrey, 45 minutes from London.

They will move to a downtown hotel Friday and have a walk-through Saturday at Wembley Stadium in preparation for the game.

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