One of the better surprises from Tuesday's first episode of "Hard Knocks" was Bucs rookie Jeremy McNichols getting a FaceTime call from "Coach Snoop" on his phone, with Snoop Dogg himself offering him support for his first training camp.
"He who knows the most, plays the most," Snoop said on the show to McNichols, a fifth-round pick out of Boise State. "You want to learn as much as you can. Keep ballin', Jeremy. You know I love you. Keep doing your (thing). ... Go and get that spot."
McNichols, talking after practice Wednesday morning, said he played in Snoop Dogg's youth football program his senior year of high school outside Long Beach, Calif., and the two have stayed in touch. One of the players the Bucs face this weekend — Bengals rookie receiver John Ross, from Washington — played in the same 7-on-7 league.
"It was pretty cool to get Snoop on there and show our relationship," McNichols said of his "Hard Knocks" cameo with his "Uncle Snoop." "(The friendship) gives you more access to certain things you need — life lessons. He's been through a lot growing up. I'm trying to get to where he's at. He's keeping my head right, making sure everything's good."
Asked if he can make Snoop a Bucs fan and get him to Raymond James Stadium this season, McNichols said he'd love to, but knows he's a busy man.
"He's got a busy schedule," he said. "We'll see."