Bucs right tackle Tristan Wirfs quickly became a Tampa Bay treasure as the team’s first-round pick in 2020.

The Iowa All-American, who was the Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year, made an instant impact as a rookie. He helped the Bucs win Super Bowl LV while giving up just one sack as a Day 1 starter.

Now Wirfs is larger than life – literally – after a Pro Bowl and All-Pro second season with the Bucs. He’s becoming a national treasure.

Wirfs went viral in Tuesday’s press conference when he joked that he wasn’t worthy enough to have Tom Brady’s phone number.

“I don’t have Tom’s number,” Wirfs laughed. “No, I don’t think I’m there yet.”

Brady posted a hilarious response with a screenshot of a text exchange with Wirfs. The big Bucs right tackle now has Brady’s number.

Wirfs is such a fantastic offensive lineman that he rarely gets called for holding. But he was clearly excited to get a hold of Brady’s number yesterday afternoon.

Securing the G.O.A.T.’s phone number surely made it a big day for Wirfs on Tuesday.

But every day is a big day for big Wirfs apparently.

Despite weighing in at 320 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine in 2020 and still being listed at 320 on the Bucs roster, Wirfs revealed that his actual playing weight is much higher.

“About 345,” Wirfs said. “That’s usually what I’ve been at. In camp I’ve kind of fluctuated and I’ll lose like 14 pounds in practice. It’s so hot down here. But yeah, 345. And, I don’t know, it changes as the season goes. It just depends, but I feel really good there.”

THREE HUNDRED AND FORTY-FIVE POUNDS, FOLKS!

The 6-foot-5 Wirfs has put on an additional 25 pounds since entering the league and quickly becoming one of the most dominant linemen. And with Wirfs, it’s nearly 345 pounds of sheer muscle.

Wirfs lives in the weight room. Remember that he broke the Iowa football all-time hang clean record with 450 pounds back in 2019.

In fact, Wirfs is still going strong when it comes to weightlifting. And Captain Fear lifting, apparently.

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 27th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive coordinator/defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]
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TB2018
TB2018
2 months ago

so glad he plays for us…

76bucsfan46
76bucsfan46
2 months ago

Tristan is a beast

MIArmysoldier
MIArmysoldier
2 months ago

Buc for life!

Spitfire
Spitfire
2 months ago

What a find in the Draft man. He will go down as the Bucs best lineman, along with Gruber and Marpet, but in the end he will be heralded as the greatest of he keeps it up obviously. He is just a big Dude, and 345 for being 6’5” isn’t as bad as it sounds for an Olineman. I cannot believe the luck we finally had to have him be the one of 5 OTs that year to fall to us while almost all the others turned out to be turds. Those are the kinds of falls that change a… Read more »

toofamiliar17
toofamiliar17
Reply to  Spitfire
2 months ago

It’s definitely enough time for us to say that we got the best of the bunch, but also way too early to say that the rest of those guys are bad. Wills has looked decent, and Thomas (who was my personal #1 tackle of the draft going in) was downright very good for the Giants last year. Becton was hurt last year and should be good to go this year, and he was good as a rookie. Like I said, thrilled to have Wirfs of all of them, and it was obviously insanely good luck for him to fall to… Read more »

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
2 months ago

One of our best draft picks ever. And nobody appreciates Tristan Wirfs more than Tom Brady.

PewterHeart
PewterHeart
2 months ago

Just with this kid alone, Brady should extend. Kid is a house!

Dude
Dude
2 months ago

all-time hang clean record”

“Hang clean?” Don’t you mean “power clean?” I’ve never heard it called “hang clean” before. I guess I must be an ‘old school’ gym rat.

SenileSenior
SenileSenior
2 months ago

This is the first time in years anyone has reported on the true wieght of one of our guys. Weirdos like me care about such things. 😋
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Go Bucs!!!

scubog
scubog
2 months ago

As I recall, when Jason Licht traded up to secure Tristan Wirfs, many, especially Big Sombrero, chastised the move and even said our “bonehead” GM made a big mistake for not selecting some DT named Javon Kinlaw who has been mediocre with the 49ers.