The Tampa Bay Buccaneers used Friday to honor the military and the organization’s staunchest supporter of those in uniform made a related announcement following practice.
Wide receiver Vincent Jackson spoke with reporters following the second day of training camp and began by unveiling the new children’s book he wrote with the help of his wife, Lindsey. “Danny Dogtags: Soccer Superhero” is the second of a planned three books that follow the young title character’s development of mind, body and spirit.
“We have three main pillars in our foundation: emotional health, physical health and focusing on education,” said Jackson, who also operates his Jackson in Action 83 Foundation. “This one is about physical health. To give you a synopsis of the story, Danny is having some poor choices in his nutrition and he’s struggling with his soccer game. I come and visit the team at a practice and give them some basic tips on eating healthy, getting good rest, things like that.
“I don’t want to spoil the story, you need to go out there [and pick it up]. The books will be on sale early September, so if you want to get the full story, please pick it up.”
The Jackson’s first book, “Danny Dogtags: Dealing with Deployment,” hit shelves about a year and a half ago. “Basically that book focused on a great family story, a talking piece for parents to sit down with young military kids and discuss the tough terms of what it’s like to transition through one of your parents being deployed for an extended period of time. We try to make it fun, lighthearted and easier for parents to get across to young kids.”
As for Friday’s Military Appreciation Day, Jackson said it always makes him proud to be able to reach out to that segment of the population.
“Having a day dedicated to these service men and women and their families out here – the color guard and the veterans – it was beautiful,” he said. “I think a lot of guys paid reverence to it. I love the way the young guys respected it and it’s nice for them to be able to come out here and be the shining stars of this practice.”
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