Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bucs go bald, shave heads for pediatric research
Admittedly long overdue for a haircut, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman got a cut for life on Friday.
Freeman was one of dozens of Bucs players and team personnel members who had their heads shaved during a Cut for a Cure event sponsored by the Pediatric Cancer Foundation at One Buc Place.
“I’m long overdue for a haircut and there’s no better feeling than to get your hair cut to help kids who are battling cancer,’’ Freeman said as he was being shorn. “It makes you feel awesome. It’s a great deal.’’
More than 160,000 children are diagnosed with pediatric cancer each year, according to the Foundation, which has held similar events with the Tampa Bay Rays and Tampa Bay Lighting.
“I have three children and if any of them were diagnosed with cancer I would shave my head in two seconds to help them,’’ said Bucs general manager Mark Dominik, who also had his head shaved.
Freeman was joined by several teammates, including wide receiver Mike Williams, linebacker Mason Foster, kicker Connor Barth and safety Ahmad Black.
“When I was presented with the opportunity to be a part of this I jumped at it and so many of our guys are doing it, too, which I think speaks volumes about the kind of guys we have on our team and the direction we’re going,’’ Freeman said.
“I’ve had this look a few times, but this is probably the best buzz cut I’ve ever received. It’s a little something different and who knows, maybe I’ll keep it. We’ll see.’’