Blaine Gabbert The Lifesaver

December 30th, 2022

Rescues family.

This is a story right up columnist Ira Kaufman’s alley.

No one cares, frets, moans, kvetches, worries and hand-wrings more about backup quarterbacks than Ira. He is obsessed with backups quarterbacks, guys who you pray never take a snap.

For months (years?) Ira has fretted how the Bucs need to upgrade at backup quarterback largely because Ira is not comfortable with Bucs No. 2 Blaine Gabbert.

Well, after what Gabbert pulled off yesterday, he deserves a roster spot until he retires.

Gabbert was out on a personal watercraft this week enjoying the benefits of the Tampa Bay area — trust Joe, like most transplanted Midwesterners, Gabbert absolutely loves the 80-degree winter days and the clear waters of west-central Florida as opposed to the 15-degree winter days and mudholes disguised as lakes in flyover country.

So what happened on the water? Joe will let a press release from the Tampa police department describe the rest.

Just after 5:00 PM on December 29, a helicopter carrying a pilot and three passengers was on the approach to land at Peter O Knight Airport following a tour. The pilot and the passengers reportedly heard a loud bang and the helicopter lost power. The pilot conducted an emergency landing into the water near the Davis Islands Yacht Club, with all occupants ending up in the water.

Gabbert was on the water nearby with a friend and helped the family of four get ashore and assisted with the Tampa police marine patrol. Tampa police did confirm to Nathaniel Rodriguez of WFLA-TV Channel 8, one of the good samaritans on a personal watercraft was Gabbert.

So mock Gabbert all you want, but the man rescued a family. Joe sure hopes if Gabbert is thrust into involuntary duty with the Bucs, he can be equally adept as he demonstrated on the water.

25 Responses to “Blaine Gabbert The Lifesaver”

  1. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Wow…….what a great story

  2. NEfan Says:

    Reminds me of a Patriots story, Vince Wolfork was driving home from a game and saw a person off the road stuck in a ditch pinned under the car. He physically lifted the car allowing the woman drive to ability to get out safe. Always nice to hear stories like this athlete or not.

  3. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    I loved seeing Vince Wilfork in his Overalls Bar B Q – ing

  4. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Power of the Mullett.

  5. BrianBucs Says:

    Some things are much bigger than football.
    Good for him!!!

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I heard Trask had a boat on the ready just in case Gabbert’s failed.

  7. D-Rok Says:

    Great job, Mr. Gabbert!

    Now get back to the drawing board and make your segment with Brady, Armchair QB, more entertaining. Bring some juice, man!! LOL, just playing, I like that segment. 🙂

  8. Hodad Says:

    Gabbert could’ve done what we had such a hard time doing this year if Leftwich had a clue. That would be use him in short yardage situations. At 6’5″ 230 why not let him sneak the ball for a yard? It was obvious bag of bones Brady was no longer up for the task. We could’ve used him like the N.O. uses T.Hill. The fact he could run, and pass would’ve made him a real threat on short yardage downs. The rest of the league, and college use direct snaps to backs, and running QB’s all the time. Not Lefty, up the middle to Lenny for no gain. Fire these unimaginative coaches who do the same things over, and over with the same failed results. Blaine could’ve be an asset they is wasted on the bench.

  9. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    “Tampabaybucfan Says:
    December 30th, 2022 at 12:07 pm
    I heard Trask had a boat on the ready just in case Gabbert’s failed.”

    That’s so damn funny!!!!

  10. Allbuccedup Says:

    Good article.

  11. McBucky Says:

    Or he can join the Coast guard!

  12. alton d green Says:

    Vince Wilfolk could have lifted the car with one hand and changed the oil with the other hand. And BTW, as a career Brady fan i can testify that in NE Vince rarely come out of a game and he was as big as a VW Beetle. Hey Todd, you have a Vince Wilfolk on your team. Have you ever met Via??????????????????? The man is a wrecking machine. When they double him that releases another pass rusher

  13. Buc1987 Says:

    lol TBBF!

  14. ModHairKen Says:

    God Bless him.

  15. HC Grover Says:

    Good Job Gabbert

  16. Duane Says:

    He’s a class act. Seems to do everything he is asked to do. Glad we have not really needed his services so far.

  17. Darin Says:

    Great stuff Gab! If you see lefty and bowles going down pretend you didn’t!

  18. NEfan Says:

    TBBF good one. Glad it wasn’t Bowles, he’d let them drown.

  19. Smashsquatch Says:

    Bravo Blaine! I’d like to think you have more heroics up your sleeve if called upon.

  20. Locked In Says:

    “250 meters…” ? Is he Canadian?

  21. View from 132 Says:

    Great story.. maybe they should start him on Sunday as karma. No way you can rescue people and then have a bad game.

  22. LakelandSteve Says:

    Well if we did have to use Gabbert I feel better now. He’s got tons of good Karma heading his way.

  23. Bojim Says:

    Props Blaine.

  24. FrontFour Says:

    Great job Gabbert.

  25. orlbucfan Says:

    Nope, we still have to deal with the ancient wrinkled ego-blinded artifact starting on Sunday. Kudos to Gabbert. Still not high on him QB wise, but I’ll take him over M0 in a nano-second. Only one big problem: when is the last time he’s practiced with the 1st string offense? Same question with Trask?