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Bucs to talk about faith Monday at Bell Shoals Baptist

Gerald McCoy will be joined by Dan Orlovsky, Adam Hayward and Michael Koenen at Bell Shoals Baptist Church.


Gerald McCoy will be joined by Dan Orlovsky, Adam Hayward and Michael Koenen at Bell Shoals Baptist Church.

BRANDON — For Tampa Bay Buccaneer fans curious how players cope with defeat, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy has an answer.

He prays. McCoy, a first round NFL draft pick in 2010, often speaks publicly about his Christian faith.

On Monday, he will talk Jesus and fumbles during Sports Talk, a question-and- answer session beginning at 7 p.m. at the Point at Bell Shoals Baptist Church, 2102 Bell Shoals Road.

Linebacker Adam Hayward, quarterback Dan Orlovsky and punter Michael Koenen will also participate.

The players approached the church to set up the event. They want fans to know that there's more to life than wins and losses, said Debbie Weisemann, minister of community outreach at Bell Shoals.

"These guys have a perspective on life that is so encouraging," Weisemann said. "They don't define themselves solely as Bucs football players. Their self-esteem is not just based on what they do on Sundays. Each one of these men has a relationship with God that stabilizes and is the center of their life."

At Monday's event, Buccaneers chaplain Doug Gilcrease will ask prepared questions. Audience members will have the chance to write down questions at the beginning of the night. If time permits, the players will answer some of those questions.

All are invited to attend the free event beginning with hot dogs from 6 to 7 p.m. Also, a marketing representative from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will talk about the organization's Faith and Football event set for Dec. 15.

The postgame evening will feature a concert by Christian recording artists MercyMe.

For information, visit Large groups can also register on the website.

Sarah Whitman, Times correspondent

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