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After Twitter backlash, Jeff Garcia won’t announce any Bucs draft picks

QB says he's staying home after fans fire back when he says he doesn't care about draft because "I have a life."

The Bucs still don't have a third-round draft pick this weekend, but if they do trade for one, former Tampa Bay Bucs quarterback Jeff Garcia won't be the one to announce it.

It's been a rough few days for Garcia, who played for the Bucs in 2007-08, making a Pro Bowl and leading Tampa Bay to its last playoff appearance.

Garcia has apologized and deleted the tweet that got fans upset — after tweeting that he had "the honor of representing" the Bucs in announcing their third-round pick, the Tampa Bay Times pointed out that Tampa Bay had traded away its third-rounder for defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, but that if they traded back into the third, he'd have the honors.

"Whatever the pick is, I'll be announcing one," Garcia wrote late Monday night. "Don't turn this into some clown show dude. I could care less about who they pick nor do I pay any attention as to what picks they have or don't have. I have a life."

Fans, many of whom care about the draft and feel like they still have lives, fired back at him quickly. Some just made fun of his usage of "could care less" — which he defended as still being correct — and others weren't as kind, making concussion jokes and even using anti-gay slurs. There's no place for that, on Twitter or anywhere else. Other fans have supported him and said there's no need to apologize.

The NFL should have told Garcia the Bucs didn't have a third-round pick, but the league also announced nine other former players for handling rounds in which their teams don't have picks, and none of them responded by saying they didn't care about the draft.

"The picks that they make are not going to affect my life," Garcia wrote on Twitter. "I do hope they get better though and have a chance to return to the playoffs since it's been a really loooonnnggg time, 2007 to be exact. Oh yeah, I was there then."

So Garcia will stay home, coaching his children in football and basketball and being there for his daughter's birthday, something that would have been odd to give up for something he said he doesn't care much about.

"I took myself out," Garcia wrote on Twitter. "There's not a pick & there's not time for me to just hang out, Dad first. Proud of my time as a Buc, love the fans. I left everything on the field for that team, broken nose, broken back, a NFC South Div Title. No regrets. Hope that they have a great draft."

Former Bucs defensive back Ronde Barber will announce the team's second-round pick Friday, and there's an eclectic lineup Saturday, including a parrot delivering the pick to the pirate ship at Raymond James Stadium and the defending girls flag football state champions from Plant and Robinson high schools.

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