Buccaneers defensive lineman Vita Vea’s rookie hazing has taken on a distinctly Disney theme at organized team activities.
The defensive lineman from Washington draws a strong resemblance to the Disney character Maui from the film “Moana” — so much so that veteran lineman Gerald McCoy has required him to introduce himself as such to McCoy’s kids during OTAs, according to Pewter Report.
“On other teams I’ve been on, personally, it’s like, ‘What can you do for me now?’ And everybody is kind of focusing on the people they throw money at the players with the big names,” Obada said. “With this team and with these coaches, everybody is equal, so you don’t get lost in the system.
The ultimate goal — next up for Obada, at least — is to make the final 53-man roster in Year 2 with the Panthers.
“Right now, I’m going to be the best I can be, be myself,” Obada said. “All I know is that whatever I do, I’m going to make sure I help this team win.”
Donald, the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, also missed out on the Rams’ offseason program last month.
He’s currently on the final year of his rookie contract and is scheduled to make $6.89 million this season.
Courting Las Vegas. This one goes without saying. Once the NFL got the new stadium and two new teams into Los Angeles, and lost the city as a market to hold over cities with stadium problems, Las Vegas moved into the vacancy. It took little time for the ownersled, as in the Los Angeles situation, by the Cowboys’ Jerry Jonesto recalibrate their feelings about parking a franchise in the middle of America’s gambling capital. Ground has been broken for the Raiders’ new stadium.
Player punishments. This one’s easy. The NFL has rarely, if ever, passed up a chance to punish players whenever the rules allowed. Thus, last offseason, they fined more than two dozen players, including Marshawn Lynch, for participating in an arm-wrestling tournament at a Vegas casino. Tony Roma’s fantasy football convention was shut down twice when it was scheduled for Vegas, before he moved it last year to the Dallas area.