Clinton McDonald, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle who was nominated for the 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year Honor for Player’s Community Impact has made it into the headlines again. As a nominee for Man of the Year, McDonald received two Super Bowl LII tickets to give away to people he feels are community heroes.
For months, everyone was wondering who he would pick to gift the tickets to. If you know anything about McDonalds’ childhood, it shouldn’t surprise you when I say that his father, an Air Force engineer and Vietnam veteran, had an incredible impact on Clinton growing up and as a grown man even to this day. McDonald has made his respect and admiration for the Veterans and families of veterans more than obvious, and it is no surprise that he teamed up with the USAA to send two injured veterans from the Wounded Warrior Project and their guests to Minnesota on Sunday to watch the Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles.
Retired Army Corporal Helmer Jonathan Flores Rivera, who will be taking his son, and Marine Corporal Ronald Holton, who will be going with his wife, both reside in Tampa and are longtime Buccaneers fans. They will not only be going to the game, but they will get to meet McDonald at the USAA’s Salute to Service Military Appreciation Lounge on Sunday as well.
I’m sure I am not the only person who hopes McDonald stays with the Buccaneers for his fifth season this year. Being an unrestricted free agent, he might not return for his 9th season, but hopefully, he will stay with the NFL, the Buccaneers, and continue to be a positive impact around the communities of Tampa Bay.