Buccaneers’ Fans, It’s the Team, Not an Individual Player


It’s time for the Buccaneers fans to come to grips with potentially losing a fan-favorire in free agency.

Jerry Rice, Joe Montana, Tom Brady and Emmitt Smith. These are just a few players who took their talents elsewhere towards the end of their careers. Those fanbases were as upset as the Bucs’ fanbase “could” be if Mike Evans signs with another team in a few weeks.

I grew up watching the likes of Horace Copeland, Courtney Hawkins and Robb Thomas play wide receiver and still cheered my ass off for the Bucs. Unfortunately we have zero influence on who plays for our team.

Many Brady Fans followed him to Tampa but now thats hes gone, so are they. I’ve never quite figured that out. Then again, I have a hard time seeing people have multiple favorite teams! I mean, pick ONE and stick with them.
With four Buccaneer tattoos I have sworn allegiance to one team and one team only. That’s why, whoever suits up for the Bucs on opening day is who I’ll be cheering for. Either you’re with us or against us.
So, Mike, Baker and anyone else. If I see you in a Bucs uniform, great. If not then thanks for the memories and to quote the soup Nazi from Seinfeld “NEXT!”

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Of all the NFL teams that I could follow, why did I choose the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? It was 1979, I was an impressionable 12-year-old living in Canada. At that time, getting any NFL coverage was tough enough but that was reserved for the elite teams like the Cowboys, Steelers etc. I watched one game at 1 PM and one game at 4 PM. That was it. No Redzone, no night games on Sunday Each Christmas my family would drive from Montreal to visit my aunt in Jacksonville. I remember seeing the Bucs playing on TV against the Falcons when I was there. I saw something that day that changed my fandom forever. There was a QB wearing number 12, in an orange jersey and he wasn’t white! As a minority myself, seeing a non-white QB was something that immediately I was drawn to. I knew that this was the team, and this was the guy who I would follow. The years between 1979 and 1997 were obviously difficult but my fandom never wavered. If anything, it made me stronger as a person. I’ve often joked that I’ve had 3 wives but only ONE football team. I was asked if I wanted to write the occasional article for Bucs Report. Talking and writing about the Bucs is a full-time hobby so of course my answer was YES. I’m 56, retired and living in Costa Rica now. I sport 4 Buc tattoos and have been fortunate to make many visits to Tampa to watch the Bucs. I’ve made countless friends and even more memories. I look forward to chatting and interacting with the many Buccaneer fans throughout the world. Go Bucs Greg D’Cruz