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08 December 2017

Transcript: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Media Availability (12/8/17)

BUC BIT OF THE DAY: Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate caught two touchdowns at Green Bay. With two touchdown catches against Detroit, he can become only the third player in franchise history to post consecutive games with multiple touchdown receptions (also: Vincent Jackson, 10/13/13 vs. Philadelphia-10/20/13 at Atlanta; Horace Copeland, 10/24/93 vs. Green Bay-10/31/93 at Atlanta).
Below is a selection of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quotes from today’s earlier media availability:
Head Coach Dirk Koetter
Defensive Tackle Clinton McDonald
(On the reason the team held practice in the indoor practice facility)
“When the wind gets above I think it’s 25 miles per hour, our filmers can’t go up. Ever since that thing happened at Notre Dame a couple years ago, they are really strict on it and it’s a good rule. We need to film it.”
(On how center Joe Hawley is recovering from his illness)
“He is better. He is improving, but whatever the bug he had was, it was nasty.”
(On if he has ever had a player who was a late scratch due to waking up with an illness as Hawley did last week)
“Yeah, when I first came into the league, Jack Del Rio used to say all the time, ‘Everybody’s got to be ready because you never know when a guy is going to wake up with the flu. I remember the first time I heard that – inside I was kind of chuckling to myself, but it definitely happens. The week before last we had two guys wake up sick but they were good enough to go.”
(On if safety T.J. Ward, cornerback Vernon Hargreaves, defensive back Josh Robinson and defensive tackle Clinton McDonald will miss the game against Detroit)
“Yeah, those four for sure.”
(On McDonald being named the team’s Walter Payton Man of the Year honoree)
“Clinton – you couldn’t have a finer person on your team. [He is an] excellent leader. When Clinton speaks up in team meetings, everyone listens, including me. The room goes silent. Clinton just has a great head on his shoulders. He is very generous in the community. He thinks [about] what is needed and then he acts on it. He does the same thing on our football team. You’d love to have a whole team of guys just like him, so, well deserved.”
(On getting recognized as the team’s Walter Payton Man of the Year honoree and what it means to him)
“This is one of the most prestigious awards in the NFL and it’s said that way for a reason. It helps exemplify a player who tries to go above and beyond in the community and be a beacon of light to those in need and communities in need. To be named as a nominee amongst the other 31 teams and their nominees is a great honor.”
(On what it means to him to see his teammates follow his lead in the community)
“It’s great because we all want to be great on the field, but sometimes our mission in life is to be great men outside of the lines of football. For guys to kind of take my lead, or take a lead, to say, ‘I want to get involved in my community or get involved in Tampa Bay areas’ – it makes it easier for us all to get out in the community and it makes it easier for the community to know that us as players, we are not too far removed from the positions that we started out our lives to say we can come back and give a hand and give a monetary value or give our time to donate anything that we need to donate that we feel needs a cause.”
(On how important the Tampa Bay community is to him now in his fourth season with the Buccaneers)
“This community is very near and dear to me because first of all, it’s a military community. I grew up in a military community as well. Second of all, this is my home. This is where I live. When we went out for the hurricane and came back and [saw] the need that we didn’t have a lot of resources as far as lights and power, it kind of put me in check and convicted me in the sense that I still had lights, I still had power, I had food and had resources. A lot of our neighbors in our community didn’t have those things. For me to be in the position that I am to see what’s going on in the community, it kind of makes you feel like, ‘Okay, I can do more. I can do a little bit better.’”
(On how he assesses the needs of the community)
“You’ve got to first recognize what is going on and where the problems are, whether it be economic or whether it be just getting involved at a local Boys and Girls Club or the NFL YET Center – something to that point. The need is for us as athletes to use our platform in a positive and directive manner regardless of what we have on our agenda to do – to kind of be the light in the community. The need is for us to go out in the community and kind of search what is going on. We use social media to kind of find out what the need is. We watch the news [and] read the newspapers. All the media sites are helping us say, ‘Where is there need? Where can we help out? Where can we make an impact?”

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