This week’s Just Grillin performer could’ve been given to a number of players following the Bucs convincing, 36-10 win over the Bears last Sunday – but the importance of a strong start cannot be overstated and, for that reason, is awarding Chris Conte.

The safety got the best of his former team early, jumping a route in the first quarter to intercept Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler’s screen and take it back to the end zone for six points.

Exuberant after his first career pick-six, Conte couldn’t even temper the celebration when met by his head coach on the sideline. He accidently head-butted Dirk Koetter, breaking the coach’s glasses and giving him a small cut above the eyebrow.

“I told him he must not have scored many touchdowns in his life,” Koetter joked the next day, “if you’ve got to head-butt a guy with no helmet on.”

Koetter will take the small wound every week though, if it means his defense is scoring touchdowns.

“I told him he can do it again next week if he gets another pick-six (laughs),” he said.

The pick, aided by linebacker Daryl Smith’s pressure, gave Tampa Bay a 7-0 lead and set the tone for a dominant defensive outing.

Conte, who is tied with Bradley McDougald for the second team-lead in tackles (51) this season, added seven more to his count Sunday. The defense held the Bears to 182 yards through the air, most of which came off a 50-yard Hail Mary to end the half, and 116 yards out of the backfield.

But Conte’s pick-6 set the stage for the complete defensive performance, making him Week 10’s Just Grillin Pewter Player of the Week and the recipient of a $50 gift certificate to Just Grillin in Carrollwood.

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Just Grillin is Tampa Bay’s premier outdoor living company and your one-stop shop for tailgating with a huge selection of Weber, Big Green Egg and other grills and smokers, along with pellets, charcoal and wood chips, BBQ sauces and rubs, and grilling tools and accessories.

Want to take your grilling skills to the next level or learn some new grilling tips? Just Grillin offers grilling classes in their Carrollwood showroom every Saturday. Here is a list of upcoming classes – click here to sign up. Delicious grilled food is included with this experience!


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About the Author: Zach Shapiro

Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders. Contact him at: [email protected]
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