“Next Question”October 21st, 2012
As one can imagine, nerves were raw in the Bucs locker room. Not many Bucs were willing to talk. Understandable. It was their worst game of the year, yet, despite all the powderburns on their feet, the Bucs thought they had tied the game up in the final seconds, only to be denied by the zebras (replacement refs, anyone?).
Vincent Jackson was among them. He may be the answer to a trivia question for decades to come, and not in a good way, “Who caught a 95-yard pass in the NFL without scoring?”
Jackson was a stand-up guy in the locker room, offering to field questions. That doesn’t mean he was in a great mood.
When someone — Joe isn’t sure who — asked Jackson point-blank if he “ran out of gas” on the 95-yard catch, Jackson quickly took a page out of the playbook of oily Drew Rosenhaus and said, “Next question,” while facing straight ahead, staring into the klieglights of TV crews.
Jackson had limited participation in practice late last week with a calf issue. When asked if that played a factor in getting caught from behind, and denied a dire needed seven points, Jackson said he “did the best I could.”