On Wednesday, Raheem Morris opened his postgame press conference by announcing who the team had selected as Captains for the upcoming season. Morris appeared very happy with his team’s selections and made it very clear what kind of qualities those players should have.
“I was very proud,” Morris said. “It wasn’t a popularity contest. I told those guys before I left, if you guys are voting the captains, you pick the guys that have been doing the right things. The right things around here, the right things off the field, the right things with the media, the right examples in the lunchroom, the right examples in the classroom, the right examples on the football field.”
Your 2009 Buccaneer Team Captains are:
QB Byron Leftwich
"Coming off the street. Battled for the job of quarterback," Morris said. "Earned enough respect of his teammates to get enough votes to become a captain. Earned enough respect from his coaches to be named the starting quarterback. Coming into the room with a No. 1 draft pick and lead him, direct him, and show him the way. Not be selfish. That's hard to do."
C 65 Jeff Faine
“He fought through injuries then came back and practiced more and played in the games,” Morris said. “He has been here for every minicamp and every OTA day.”
DT 95 Chris Hovan
“Hovan has been here every day for OTA days and offseason workouts,” Morris said. “He is in the building at 6:30 every day. He works his butt off on the defensive line.”
CB 20 Ronde Barber
“He is just going out and trying to play bump man when everybody said he couldn’t,” Morris said. “He may have gotten a little quite there for a second, but then he came back. He just practiced hard and then practiced harder. He worked at every detail technique that you can have.”
CB Will Allen
“He came here and has some adversity,” Morris said. “He became a starter. He got benched. Became a special teams captain. He led our special teams in tackles and now he is here leading every day. He is back in the rotation as far as safeties.”
In other news, the Buccaneers have announced that former Titans Punter A.J. Trapasso has been signed to the practice squad. Trapasso made national news after one of his punts hit the giant scoreboard in the first game at the Cowboys new stadium. He also scored on a 40-yard fake punt against the Bills.