THE BUCPOWER.COM AWARDS Our awards date back to 1985 when the likes of James Wilder, Jeremiah Castille and Donald Igwebuike were the receipients of the unofficial trophies.   Since then the nine categories have been awarded and although the likes of Jimmy Kimmel are not employed to host a black-tie gala event, simply being named as a winner ranks second only to going to the Pro Bowl each year. OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR - MIKE EVANS     No real surprise here and a third victory in five years for the all-time receiving yardage leader in team history and the new single-season holder too.  Around midway through next season, he will surpass Wilder for the most receptions as well making him without a doubt, the No.1 pass catcher ever for the Buccaneers.  Honorable mentions to Adam Humphries and Chris Godwin.  DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR - JASON PIERRE-PAUL     Not a bad trade for a 3rd round pick - wonder which maligned GM made that deal?   The first Buc to reach double-digit sacks since Simeon Rice and a real leader on and off the field for the Buccaneers.    He simply has to return in 2019 even if it may take a contract re-negotiation to make it happen.   Credit to Lavonte David for being a lesser light behind No.90. SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR - BOBO WILSON   Well who else?   Any kicker is on Scott Bradford’s hit list, there were not a lot of big coverage plays and no punt returns over 25 yards. Bobo only returned a handful of kicks but his yardage per return far exceeded everyone else’s and he ranked high on the coverage tackle lists in spite of only being on the roster for a month. ROOKIE OF THE YEAR - VITA VEA    Came on strongly over the second half although Jordan Whitehead was a real find in the 4th round at safety.  None of the other rookie defensive backs really stood out in their first seasons. BUCCANEER OF THE YEAR  -  TONY DUNGY    Given to the person who most sums up the spirit of being a Buccaneer.  The way the former head coach handled events surrounding his induction into the Ring of Honor in September summed up the true character of the man.    WRITER OF THE YEAR - JENNA LAINE   No-one on the Tampa Bay Times stood out and inded several embarrassed themselves at times.   So a first award to the ESPN writer/presenter who covers the Bucs. DICKHEAD OF THE YEAR - DeSEAN JACKSON    Temper tantrums on and off the field and a new record for how fast he could clear his locker (as in before the final game).   Honorable mention to Brent Grimes and his ridiculous mouthy wife for their podcast efforts in the days after the season ended. NFL PLAYER OF THE YEAR - PATRICK MAHOMES    Does it make me old that I remember his father pitching for the Minnesota Twins?  5,000 yards and 50 TDs -  the true NFL MVP. FAVOURITE BUC -  ADAM HUMPHRIES   Four seasons of ever-improving numbers - not bad for an undrafted free agent.   Re-signing him has to be the No.1 priority after the coaching search is completed.
THE ALTERNATIVE AWARDS We always give out a few other titles at the end of a season. THE RUDY CARPENTER AWARD FOR WEARING YOUR CAP BACKWARDS ON THE SIDELINE DURING A GAME Ryan Griffin for the fourth straight year.  He did make it to being No.2 for a few games in 2018 but is still waiting to make his official NFL debut on the field.  Even Rudy got in for one play. THE SOCIAL MEDIA FAN BASE AWARD Scott Bradford for creating and establishing Bucs Life as the go-to source on Facebook for Buccaneer news and comments.  This goes along with Rays Life and Bolts Life to really make your daily social media complete.  And the merchandise is pretty good too. THE FAKE NUMBERS AWARD Another solid year from “The Liar and The Leech” on both sides of the Atlantic but they were totally out-performed this year by “The Idiot” who made some stunningly ridiculous comments to the delight of the many UK Buccaneer fans.   Then again, no-one has taken much notice of anything he has said or done in the past 35 years so it is like a tree falling in a deserted forest. Mitch Blackwood has an excellent piece coming on the real numbers associated with that club having been involved on their message board for the past four months and seeing what really goes on there. THE PLEASE RETIRE NOW AWARD To the corpse of Dick Stockton who called two Buc games in December and was a disaster in both of them.  It is 40 years since he did his first Tampa Bay game.  Please FOX, let the Atlanta season finale be the last. THE GREATEST PRESS CONFERENCE COMMENT Welcome back Jon Gruden!    “Pass rushers do not grow on trees” he told the Oakland media after another Raider loss in September.   So just why did you get rid of one of the best in the NFL then?   The future is so bright, you gotta wear shades. THE NFL PLAYER OF THE FORTNIGHT AWARD Ryan Fitzpatrick for the first two weeks of the season when he turned into the greatest player in Tampa Bay history and was about the inducted into the Ring of Honor.  Then midnight struck, the carriage turned back into a pumpkin and FitzMagic went back to being the best bearded back- up in the NFL.