The St. Pete Times has a fantastic human interest piece up on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ James Lee. Lee burst on to the scene last year as he solidified himself as the Bucs starting right tackle and helped the team’s struggling run-game pull itself up from 28th to 7th. But beyond his impressive rise from un-drafted rookie to NFL starting tackle, Lee appears to be a man of extremely high character off the field.
Typically most NFL players do their community service and charity through the team. But with the lockout and the ban on contact between players and teams, that all has come to a grinding halt. But that hasn’t stopped James Lee from continuing to work on his own foundation (to help the children of Belle Glade, Florida) as well as continuing to do considerable amounts of work within the Tampa community. Take for instance this story, about James Lee going out of his way to lift the spirits of a 69 year-old lifelong Bucs fan who is struggling with blood cancer, it’s a well-written piece by Eduardo Encina of the Times and it really highlights the kind of man James Lee is. I’m proud to say he’s a Buccaneer.