Good Award For A Better Guy

December 30th, 2011

Better late than never.

Yeah, Joe knows that Bucs guard Davin Joseph made the Pro Bowl. In Joe’s eyes, the honor couldn’t happen to a better guy.

Joseph is a quiet and humble dude and not many know this but Joe’s going to let the cat out of the bag: Joseph does a lot of work in the offseason and donates quite a chunk of change to various community projects.

One of those projects is the athletics program at Blake High School where Joseph offers his time, and thousands of dollars, to help innercity youngsters get a needed boost for their lives after school.

Joe was unaware of this prior to a Friday night this fall. As many of you know, Joe still dabbles in the MSM on a freelance basis. One client has Joe cover local high school football.

Joe just happened to be at Blake High covering a football game when, late in the second quarter, Joe felt a nudge on his back and heard, “Hey man, I know you are busy, I just wanted to say ‘Hi.” It was Joseph with that big ear-to-ear grin of his. Joe was taken aback that Joseph was there and chatted with him briefly. Joseph was honored by the school at halftime for all of his help.

That’s the kind of guy Joesph is. He could big league 99 percent of this area, but he wants to be a part of the community, just like you and Joe.

After games, tough losses or exultant wins, Joseph is always willing to chat and offer some smart, thoughtful opinions about a game.

Yes, Joe knows readers generally do not give a hoot who talks to the press, but when Joseph or any player talks to the press, he is indirectly talking to fans, not to media.

Joesph is a stand-up dude and Joe is proud that a guy like that, a guy who cares about the community, a guy that rolls his sleeves up and gets involved in the community, is also honored for his play on the field.

He was already a Pro Bowl player for the Tampa Bay area.

7 Responses to “Good Award For A Better Guy”

  1. Garv Says:

    Davin Joseph is a pro, a good man. leader and a keeper.
    Around here, that’s typing a LOT!

    Happy New Year!!!

  2. TheProsUseAdvoCare Says:

    He certainly aided in Zuttah’s progression. I hope we resign Zuttah next year. It isn’t like we are lacking the funds to be competitive. This line needs to keep its proven players.

  3. Paul W. Says:

    It eludes me when trying to think of one negative item to reflect when it come to this man on or off the field. Mr. Joseph has been a bright spot in what has been a very dark year. I am beyond excited that he is receiving the honors he deserves and am proud to be living in the same community as he.

    Thank you Davin Joseph.

  4. KD Says:

    Without a doubt the best pick of the Gruden era. A great player and a great man…something we need a lot more of around here.

  5. Fear The Glo Says:

    I remember being pissed when I saw the Bucs draft this guy. I remember wanting them to draft someone else that was still on the board but for the life of me I can’t remember who it was.

    Anyway, i’ll happily admit I was wrong. Davin’s been great. We could use a few 20 more like him right about now.

  6. Smitty Says:

    Nice piece, Joe…The Bucs need a LOT more men like this. Interesting to hear from Hardy Nickerson this week, too. He fundamentally changed the culture of Bucs players when he came on board, and it is good to see young players like Davin Joseph in touch with that tradition.

  7. Capt.Tim Says:

    It’s great that Mr.Joseph is involved in the community. I also remember reading about his struggles as he fought to be a good father. A story I related to, having fought to gain custody of my Daughter.

    He had a great year, and again is proving to be a class act off the field. I’m glad he is a Buccaneer, and want to congratulate him on his pro bowl selection.

    Great job , Davin Joseph!! Glad you are an anchor on the teams most productive unit this year.