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.