Bucs: Teen girl fights disease, inspires Bucs players

Published Aug. 3, 2013

Guest of the day

One by one after Friday's practice, Bucs players stopped to shake hands and chat with Leigh Dittman. The 13-year-old who has osteogenesis imperfecta, also known as brittle bone disease, is a huge Bucs fan and will host her 10th Shriners Charity Event Sept. 28 at the India Cultural Center in Tampa.

"She's an inspiration to us because of how hard she fights," LS Andrew Economos said. "It puts stuff in perspective. We think we're going through a lot — it's hot, you're tired, you're frustrated — and when you see Leigh, she's got a smile on her face. She's fighting so much harder than we could ever think of. It fills our hearts and helps us fight even harder for what we do because it puts such a big smile on her face."

Public practices

Today: 8:45-11:30 a.m.

Tuesday: 8:45-11:30 a.m.

Aug. 10: 10:10 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Preseason games

Thursday: Ravens, 7:30, Ch. 8

Aug. 16: at Patriots, 8, Ch. 13

Aug. 24: at Dolphins, 7:30, Ch. 8

Aug. 29: Redskins, 7:30, Ch. 8