Reporting Justin Pawlowski
Before the Buccaneers dropped to 0-6 on the season by losing 31-23 to the Atlanta Falcons, Bucs Super Bowl MVP Dexter Jackson got in-depth on Greg Schiano’s character during “Game Day Uncensored” heard before kickoff on 98.7 The Fan.
Jackson started by getting into detail of the players and assistant coaches fearing their head coach before saying that he was almost among them.
“I even tried to get a job there (at One Buc Place),” former Super Bowl MVP Dexter Jackson said on 98.7 The Fan Sunday morning. “Some people said, ‘be careful man, you don’t want to work here’ and I was like ‘wow, I’m a Buccaneer,’ and people have been telling me to be careful.”
Dexter Jackson has known people within the walls of One Buc Place since the day he was drafted out of Florida State University in 1999 during the 4th round.
Jackson has tried to stay close with the organization over the years which has included attending practices.
Under Schiano, this came to an end.
“Schiano sent his guy over to run me out of practice one day,” Dexter Jackson said. “This guy said, ‘Who are you? What are you doing here? You can’t be here.’ I said, ‘go get the Glazers if you want me to leave.’ He (Schiano) tried to run me out.”
The greatest organizations in sports embrace the greatness of their organization. Dexter Jackson was the MVP of Super Bowl XXXVII, the only Super Bowl appearance in Bucs history.
I also find it interesting that Schiano sent “his guy” over to do his dirty work. One has to wonder what other dirty work “his guy” has done.
Jackson wasn’t just trying to stay connected with the organization for himself, he was also trying to keep the children embraced by the football team that represents this city.
“I usually bring kids to One Buc Place, 4th and 5th graders in Hillsborough County and Pinellas County doing my case management work with a lot of youth in this area,” Jackson said on 98.7 The Fan. “They told me to stop bringing kids on Friday because I’m distracting professional players.”
“I’m distracting professional players by bringing kids who have succeeded in school, did well, stayed out of trouble, and they’re a distraction?” Jackson questioned the decision of the Buccaneers and Greg Schiano. “If they’re a distraction, I’m worried about fans during away games. How can that be a distraction?”
These professional athletes make it to this level of football because of their talent and their mental toughness. How can the Buccaneers truly believe that a group of children will distract a team of professional athletes 48 hours before their game even starts?
If your team can be distracted this easily by a group of elementary school kids 48 hours before kickoff, then you probably have a really weak team with zero mental discipline.
The Buccaneers now sit 0-6 on the season without any visits from these children that Dexter Jackson wanted to bring.
Could you imagine how bad this season would be if the children would have been allowed to go to One Buc Place?
Jackson also discussed at length Sunday morning the amount of charity work his teams did during his days playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jackson still does a lot for the community today. The current regime has failed at this aspect as well in Jackson’s eyes.
“Have you ever seen Schiano in the community doing things,” Dexter Jackson asked. “What has Schiano brought to the city area, extended his hand to the community? What has he done?”
I answered by reminding Dexter that Schiano did turn him and those kids away.
“Yes he did,” Jackson responded. “I’m a bad influence.”
Game Day Uncensored airs two hours before kickoff of every Tampa Bay Buccaneers game. Catch Game Day Uncensored this Thursday night at 6:00 on the corner of Tampa Bay and Himes outside of Raymond James Stadium.