Tristan Wirfs Talks Shin Injury, Lost “Flame”

November 16th, 2023

All-World Bucs left/right tackle Tristan Wirfs draws a hard line at four feet.

Around the time Wirfs was drafted in 2020, video circulated of Wirfs jumping out of a full swimming pool without the aid of a rocket launcher or springs in his shoes.

Then Wirfs did it again that summer, a move that had locals peeling off their masks and latex gloves and embracing what might happen on the field when Wirfs’ rookie season began.

Speaking on The Pat McAfee Show today, Wirfs explained he’s retired from that feat of strength. The videos were of Wirfs jumping from the pools’ 3 1/2-foot shallow area, he said. Wirfs explained that he tried emerging from a four-foot depth but “I scraped the sh*t out of my shins. That’s kind of when I hung up [pool jumping].”

Joe is glad Wirfs has stopped the pool jumping. No need for an injury. It’s scary enough to think of Wirfs squatting 565 pounds regularly in the summer (a sweet spot for his preseason workouts with Luke Goedeke, Wirfs said.). Heaven forbid his back or knees blow out.

Interestingly, Wirfs talked about the 2023 Bucs season and how the team was sort of thrown off course by their Week 5 bye.

“It kind of blew that flame out we had for a little bit,” Wirfs said.

That’s not the first time Joe has heard the early bye week referenced as something that knocked the wind out of the Bucs. Joe’s not sure how that happens to a team loaded with veteran players and coaches of a Super Bowl team, but it apparently did.

19 Responses to “Tristan Wirfs Talks Shin Injury, Lost “Flame””

  1. adam from ny Says:

    that bye week pause def caused the wheels to stop spinning


    but i tell ya…a win this weekend could cause a steamroll effect


  2. ModHairKen Says:

    The past is over. Eight games left. The only one of those that matter is this Sunday.

    SF thinks you suck. They think they are a better team. They think their QB is better. They think their Defense is better. Their WRs. Their DBs. Their DL. Hell, they think their LT is better.

    Are they? This is no longer about expectations, promise or talent. It’s about whether you players have any fight, any pride. Any guts.

    Your record says you don’t.

    What’s it going to be?

  3. BucsFanSince76 Says:

    Dunno , may be the team was not inspired by their coach to guard against complacency?

  4. Crickett Baker Says:

    idk. It seems when Brady was here we did damn good after the bye, so it hasn’t always been like this.

  5. Iamabuc Says:

    This is the time to start steamrolling teams left and right, my Bucs. Sooo…what is going to be?…I for one, still believe…let’s get it done!!!

  6. Fred McNeil Says:

    Are we going to see a little bit of that “flame” Sunday? Nobody expects us to win. Probably least of all the Niners. If we don’t win maybe we can at least make em stain their shorts.

  7. Vlad The Impaler Says:

    LOL These snowflakes get distracted by a bye week??
    What happened? Too many Mons Venus nights?
    Weak minds.
    Where’s Brady when your team needs a reality check?
    Brady would have kept these kids focused on the next game.

  8. Cobraboy Says:

    While it may be nice to heal up for a week, a routine break during the season causes many players to lose intense focus and mojo afterward.

    IMO, the “we have a week to prepare so we will kick butt” is flawed logic and does not come from many actual players or coaches.

    Buc anecdotal evidence backs this up.

  9. Oviedo Jim Says:

    To quote Miguel from Dade City re loosing focuse during the bye week “Cut the bullshah”.

  10. Aaron Says:

    If they thought the bye-week was tough – wait till they get the 49rs this week.

    Go Bucs!

  11. Lakeland Steve Says:

    Recent history suggest we play better in the second half of the season, of course that was with Tom Brady. We have enough vets on this team who won a Super Bowl and know what it takes to win games in December. This weekend would be a huge upset if we win but if our guys play like they are capable we will have a shot. If we somehow do win then the NFC might need to watch out for the Bucs. If we go out west and lay an egg then I’m not sure if we can even win the sorry south.

  12. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Wow. How mentally weak this team is.

    No culture.

  13. 74 Bucs Fan Says:

    Good post Modhairken.

    Be the dog in the fight!

  14. Mike C Says:

    Like that Patriots way Jmarkbuc? Culture is overrated, get hot and healthy at the right time and the “Culture” will be fine….. was good enough twice around here.

  15. unbelievable Says:

    I mean it’s plain as day, the team has looked soft and sloppy since the bye.

    Joe’s not sure how that happens to a team loaded with veteran players and coaches of a Super Bowl team, but it apparently did.

    I mean, look at Todd Bowles’ career record after a bye week… And as much as I love Lavonte David, he’s shown multiple times how a single bad play can make him crumble. Same with Mike Evans, to a lesser extent. Though I’d like to think they are both more mature now compared to those earlier years…

  16. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Tanner Hudson getting national love. he logged 74 snap our SB season so he should have gotten a ring?

  17. Dewey Selmon Says:

    I totally forgot Hudson playing in the SB, duh. I’m about to get roasted lol

  18. garro Says:

    The first one I remember doing the pool jumping thing was our very own JPP while he was at USF. Not sure what the pool depth was. Interesting to get the details from JPP on that one though.

    Either way an amazing feat for guys that size.

    Go Bucs!

  19. garro Says:

    Umm …Vea didn’t look soft as he was sacking Levis with one hand while looking through his helmets ear hole…Just saying!

    I would be afraid to say Vea was soft to his face BTW.

    Go Bucs!