Bucs Leonard Wester – Photo by: Mark Cook/PR
Pewter Report debuted a new season-long weekend feature this season called Fifth Down, that will showcase some of the Bucs’ new players each week as the season goes along. This week’s featured player is offensive lineman Leonard Wester.
Wester’s story from small town farm boy, to NFL offensive lineman, would be rejected by Hollywood as a too unbelievable script. Wester who went to small college Missouri Western earned a tryout with Buccaneers and has made the most of the opportunity. While he isn’t a starter, he is on the active roster, something most didn’t see coming back in the spring, most likely even Wester himself.
Wester participated in this week’s Fifth Down segment and his laid-back, small-town charm was evident. Gorwing up on his family’s farm raising beans, corn, cutting and baling hay, while also raising cattle helped shape a strong work ethic that has paid off now as he lives a dream as an NFL rookie for the Buccaneers.
Q1. If you are sentenced to death row, and the warden asks you what your final meal is, what are you eating?
A. I am going to have breaded pork chops, with peas, fried bread crumbs and noodles and then probably peach or lemon meringue pie.
Q2. You are sitting around on a weekend with nothing to do and none of your friends will find out, what is your guilty pleasure television show?
A. Probably DYI stuff, do it yourself programs, for the homeowners. Really anything on HGTV, that is pretty good channel. Hopefully one day I own a home and can learn to do some of that stuff. Everybody wants to save some money.
Q3. If you weren’t playing professional football, what profession would you be doing?
A. Working as an accountant. I got my degree in finance. I had actually accepted a position at John Deere to be an accountant before I figured out the whole football thing was going to work out. So working for John Deere and coaching high school or middle school.
Q4. If you could date anyone, who would be your biggest celebrity dream date?
A. So if it can be anyone in there lifetime or in their heyday, I would go with Meg Ryan from the 1990’s. Real funny, real natural, just a go-with-the-flow type of girl. Either her or Diane Lane.
Q5. You are driving cross country and you can only listen to one artist, who is it going to be?
A. Probably Darius Rucker. And especially if I can go with the Hootie and Blowfish stuff as well. No doubt about that.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
He looked really good in the preseason. Hopefully he develops
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