Remember when rookies used to get taped to goal posts? Yeah, that stuff doesn’t happen anymore.

Rookie “duties”, if that’s what you want to call them, are much more tame now. Nowadays it’s usually just carrying a veteran’s gear or driving them to and from places during training camp.

But, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said he has one special duty for rookie defensive tackle Vita Vea, one that only Vea can perform.

Maui is the character, voiced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, from the Disney movie Moana.

McCoy said that this is not an optional thing for Vea — jokingly, obviously. He said that the Buccaneers do a lot of great things in the Tampa Bay community, and that Vea’s role at such events is to show up at birthday parties as Maui.

Maybe that’s what we’ll call Vea from now on.

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About the Author: Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]
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4 years ago

First thought I had when they drafted him, that’s Maui who my grand daughter loves.