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Disney helps Bucs tackle Donovan Smith catch up on movie viewing

Courtesy Donovan Smith
Courtesy Donovan Smith
Published Oct. 8, 2017

TAMPA — Remember back in August, when in one of the outtakes from HBO's Hard Knocks series, tackle Donovan Smith was getting grief from his Bucs teammates for having not seen several classic Disney movies?

Smith, 24, admitted he had never seen Aladdin or The Lion King — though he correctly knew the meaning of "hakuna matata'' (rough translation: No worries) — and the folks at Disney were watching.

The 6-foot-6, 338-pound Smith posted photos on social media Friday showing a care package of DVDs sent by Disney to One Buc Place that contained several movies — Cinderella, Pinocchio, The Lion King, Frozen, Finding Dory, The Jungle Book and more — along with a handwritten note.

"Don, Heard you haven't seen many of our films. Hope this package gets your teammates off your back," they wrote, signing the card "Your friends @ Disney."

Smith thanked Disney for the kind gesture: "Appreciate it @Disney @DisneyStudios This package should definitely get my teammates off my back #ChildhoodRestored"

The timing couldn't be better, with Bucs players getting three days off for a long weekend after playing Thursday night against the Patriots.