They might not be exactly what you picture when you think of Santa’s, ahem, little helpers, but that’s just what the Bucs’ defensive linemen were on Monday night. The unit hosted the Seventh Annual D-Line Delivers Christmas, surprising 120 youth from four separate organizations with gifts for the holidays.
The players contributed a total of $50,000 to ensure the ultimate Christmas experience for Bay-area youth. The children were selected through four local non-profit organizations: A Kid’s Place Tampa Bay, Kid’s Village at Children’s Home Network, Operation Graduate and Starting right, Now. It was the biggest event since it first started with defensive tackle Gerald McCoy in 2012.
“When we first did it, it was kind of a small event in 2012,” McCoy said. “It was just something myself and another teammate thought about. We said the O-line does Turkey Time, let us do Christmas. It’s just been growing and growing and now it’s not getting out of hand, but it’s getting out of hand,” he said with a smile.
“But that’s what you want out of events like this. You want them to get out of hand because it means you’re growing and impacting that many more people.”