Bucs reward employee for 35 years of service

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been roundly criticized in recent seasons for going on the cheap.

Most of the heat has been warranted as the Bucs have operated at a payroll level well under the NFL’s salary cap. The common complaint has been the team’s owner – the Glazer family – has been more focused pouring money into its English Premier League investment, Manchester United.

But the Bucs have been spending more money in free agency this year, and Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune passes along a nice story about the club going above and beyond for an employee. Jill Hobbs, who was worked for the Bucs for 35 years, was rewarded with a framed No. 35 jersey and a bonus check for $35,000.

The Glazer family made the presentation in a staff meeting, per the report.

“I was thrilled just to get the jersey, because those are special,'' Hobbs said. "Those are saved for the elite, for the players. When he gave me the check I was like, 'Oh, my God.' It was shocking.”

It’s nice to hear about people behind the scenes, individuals that can be the glue of front office staffs, being rewarded.

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