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Joey Knight - Bucs Reporter

Bucs Reporter

I'm a fourth-generation Floridian born at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, which makes me somewhat of a demographic outlier. My family arrived in Zephyrhills before McDonald's, and I've resided there most of my life. When I was a grade-schooler, my passions were sports and creative writing, in that order. Today I'm an old-schooler (don't be dissing on '80s hard rock), and that order has been flipped. I love telling stories, be they about first basemen or first responders. These days, I cover the Bucs, but I'll dabble in other stuff (Colleges, Rays, Gasparilla Distance Classic, etc.).

  1. Bucs tight end Rob Gronkowski called it a career (again) on Tuesday. It seems likely the team will hit the market for a veteran replacement.
  2. In two seasons with the Bucs (counting playoffs), tight end Rob Gronkowski totaled 117 catches, 19 for touchdowns.
  3. Lightning star Nikita Kucherov hoists the Stanley Cup with his team while celebrating in the rain during the franchise's championship celebration at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park in Tampa last July. The Lightning currently are seeking their third Stanley Cup in as many seasons.
  4. In the Lightning's first game, the team notches its first faceoff, against the Blackhawks on Oct. 7, 1992, at Expo Hall at the Florida State Fairgrounds.
  5. Plant High 16-year-old junior Jayden Spencer (No. 1 jersey) shaves the head of Bucs vice-president of player personnel John Spytek during the team's "Cut and Color for a Cure" fundraiser June 8 at AdventHealth Training Center. Quarterback Kyle Trask (right) got his head shaved and colored at the event, which raised $117,000 for the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation. JOEY KNIGHT | Times
  6. Bucs quarterback Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski own the record for most postseason touchdown-pass connections (15) in NFL history.
  7. Bucs cornerback Carlton Davis agreed to a three-year, $45 million deal with the team in March.
  8. Bucs 44-year-old quarterback Tom Brady joined the team for the first workout of its three-day mandatory minicamp Tuesday.
  9. Though listed on the official team roster at 228 pounds, Bucs running back Leonard Fournette said Tuesday that his weight is "240-something."
  10. Rays reliever Phoenix Sanders (80), who pitched at USF, posted a 1.80 ERA in 10 innings earlier this season.
  11. Rays reliever Andrew Kittredge delivers a pitch in the ninth inning against the White Sox on Sunday afternoon.
  12. Rays starter Ryan Yarbrough allows six runs on eight hits, including five doubles, in less than two innings Sunday.
  13. Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Andrew Kittredge (36) was activated from the injured list Sunday morning.
  14. A 2020 playoff hero, Bucs receiver Scotty Miller totaled only 10 catches (including playoffs) in an injury-plagued 2021 season.
  15. Bucs outside linebacker Andre Anthony has recovered well enough from the torn ACL he suffered in September to participate extensively in the team's rookie minicamp and ensuing organized team activities.
  16. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, left, talks with Bucs quarterback Tom Brady following Tampa Bay's 38-10 triumph at Raymond James Stadium on Oct. 18, 2020. The pair topped the fellow QB tandem of Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen in a celebrity golf outing Wednesday night in Las Vegas.
  17. Fourth-year Bucs cornerback Jamel Dean (35), center, was among the veterans participating in Tuesday's organized team activity at AdventHealth Training Center.
  18. Rick Nafe spent four decades in various roles of major sports operations in this area, including the last 21 as vice president of operations for the Tampa Bay Rays.
  19. Former USF standout Greg Reaves has totaled 28 tackles and three sacks for the Tampa Bay Bandits of the rebooted United States Football League.
  20. Bucs tackle Deadrin Senat (95), a former USF standout, participates during Tampa Bay's organized team activities Wednesday at AdventHealth Training Center.
  21. A Tampa Prep volleyball player spontaneously picks up Carol Chalu, the school's athletic director, as Chalu hands out gold medals following the Terrapins' victory in the Class 2A state final in 2001. Chalu won 12 state titles in 21 seasons as Tampa Prep coach and spent more than 30 years as the school's athletic director.
  22. USF sixth-year men's basketball coach Brian Gregory has landed three veteran newcomers via the NCAA transfer portal in the last month.
  23. Former USF running backs coach Calvin Magee (right), seen here instructing running back Dyral McMillan, passed away Friday at age 59. A member of the original Bulls coaching staff, Magee had suffered a heart attack the previous weekend.
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