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Byron Leftwich: I wish Bucs could have real Super Bowl experience

The Bucs’ offensive coordinator was on two Super Bowl teams as a player. This isn’t the same.
Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich wishes his players were experiencing the same type of Super Bowl buzz he did twice as a player.
Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich wishes his players were experiencing the same type of Super Bowl buzz he did twice as a player. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]
Published Feb. 1

Just as Bucs fans and local businesses aren’t getting a normal Super Bowl experience because of the coronavirus pandemic, the players aren’t, either. The usual hype of “opening night” media sessions turned into a series of Zoom interviews that started at 11 a.m.

“I wish that our guys could have the real experience of what it really is,” Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich said.

Leftwich knows what that real experience is like. He went to the Super Bowl twice as a player and was a backup on the Steelers team that won the last NFL championship at Raymond James Stadium 12 years ago.

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“I would love for them to have been (in) different years, different circumstances so they could truly experience it the way I experienced it, because this is a unique thing. It’s a thing you should enjoy.

“You put in a lot of work to get this far and to have an opportunity to play in this game. If you’re one of the last two teams to play in this game, this is the time to enjoy it. This is the time to let the world know who you are as a player.

“... I wish they could truly experience this the way I experienced it in the past, but I think this’ll do for the guys.”

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