Tonight the Tampa Bay Buccaneers held a VIP party at One Buc Place. Luckily, I was invited and jumped at the chance to see the facilities and meet Coach Schiano. He is as advertised. He spoke about the culture change taking place here in Tampa. He stressed accountability and leadership. After speaking he welcomed questions. The first question asked was "Why did you get rid of our #1 receiving threat?" He answered the question as PC as he could from a high level. He basically said he thinks the move makes the team better, even though it may not seem like it now. After he answered this question I started clapping...However, I noticed I was the only one clapping...he looked at me at said "Thanks"...
Here is a clip of him speaking about the NFL draft and Mark Barron during the party.
I spoke to him later and told him that I loved what he is doing here in Tampa. I told him that I loved the Eric Legrand signing and I also agreed with him about Winslow. He thanked me and said "Ya gotta do what ya gotta do". I can't wait to see how he turns this team around. Great character man that demands accountability and discipline.
If you're interested in seeing photos touring One Buc Place...make the jump.
Here is the front of One Buc Place. If you notice the man in the red shirt standing at the entrance it's former Buc Marcus "Big Baby" Jones. I shook his hand and said "What's up Big Baby?" He chuckled and said..."Man, this place is nice!"...I agreed and said.."yeah, you guys had a trailer huh?" He laughed. He's a cool dude.
Right when you step into the doors at One Buc Place you are greeted by the Lombardi Trophy. Coach Schiano pointed at it a few times while speaking..."that (Lombardi Trophy) doesn't come easy....it takes hard work...and we're going to work!". I got chills.
Next to the Lombardi Trophy are life sized pewter statues of key members of the Bucs 2002 Super Bowl team.
I decided to pretend I too got to celebrate the ultimate goal of all who play football. lol! FIRE THEM CANNONS!!!! Yeah, this was meant to be straight cheese...
After eating and having a few drinks, Coach Schiano spoke. I am very impressed with him as a man. I hope he is as good a coach on the field as he is off the field. If he is...we have good days ahead folks.
In the early 90's we at Bama had meeting rooms that were state of the art...well, they were at that time. I remember as a freshman being in awe that a screen actually lowered from the ceiling. That is a black and white TV with a coat hanger as an antenna compared to the what the Bucs have. The Bucs have every play of every NFL game of the past 5 years that they can pull up with a click of the button and show on the screen in their full team meeting room...oh yeah, it also doubles as a movie theatre.
State of the art media room. Here i am again dreaming of my presser....lol.
The 2002 Super Bowl ring.
Different helmet designs that were the prototype to the new helmet.
The players lounge was pretty cool. It wasn't very big (compared to Bama), but it was NICE! Its stocked complete with XBOX, PS3, 7 tvs, billiards, poker tables, and arcade racing.
Here are some photos from the locker room. Each locker has the player's name actually etched into wood above their locker. Also, each locker had its on ventilation system. Vincent Jackson, Mark Barron, Ronde Barber
Here is the cafeteria at One Buc Place. Everything from the chairs, napkins, and plates have the Bucs logo. Its basically a restaurant.
When you come in the players entrance the first thing you notice is the day's itinerary. Also, there are digital clocks EVERYWHERE with the time counting by the second. I find this very impressive as no player has an excuse for being late to a meeting. Discipline.
Finally, here are the practice fields. This was my favorite part of the tour. The fields are cut EVERYDAY...3 hours a day. Who would sign up for that job? lol...I might if the pay was right. Another cool thing about the practice fields are that they are in the shadows of Ray Jay.
That's it folks. I hope you enjoyed it. Let's go Bucs & FIRE THEM CANNONS!!!!
Oh, I almost forgot...they took my picture with two Bucs Cheerleaders when I walked in...and when I left, they gave me the picture in a Buccaneers picture frame. Pretty cool. I'm sold! ha!