BY FRANK DROUZAS, Staff Writer
TAMPA – Darrell Taylor, football development manager with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers since June, talks about his role with the team, helping to develop programs for the area’s youth and the most exciting Bucs players to watch, among other things.
TWC: As Manager of Football Development with the Bucs, what exactly does your role entail?
Taylor: In my role, I lead the development of football initiative, which also targets youths ages 18 and under. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wants to encourage youth participation and development in the area of football specifically, which is the driving force behind everything that I do.
This includes creating partnerships that benefit the target group, working with local K-12 schools to offer football programs to youth, creating various opportunities for youth and young adults via football, developing comprehensive football camps and clinics and creating a toolkit for success through football development that will help youth reach their full potential.
TWC: What do you love most about your job?
Taylor: Using the sport of football to transform the lives of youth and young adults while developing champions on and off the field.
TWC: You helped organize the inaugural Hillsborough County High School Football Media Day and promoted the “Heads Up” safety football clinic—do you have similar events planned for the future?
Taylor: Upcoming events include the High School National Signing Day and the Inaugural FHSAA Girls Flag Football Preseason Classic.
TWC: You have a background with the Boys and Girls Clubs—what was your role with that organization?
Taylor: At the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida, I served as a project director and further developed program operations for youth and young adults in the areas of sports, academics and enrichment.
TWC: What was the most rewarding thing about it?
Taylor: Positively impacting the lives of young people that were served. I was able to see how students were transforming due to their participation in the programs. Knowing that students were better prepared to face obstacles and overcome challenges was definitely a highlight.
TWC: What words would use to describe this year’s Bucs team?
Taylor: Developing and hungry.
TWC: Any favorite Bucs players? Any in particular that you love watching play the game?
Taylor: Although I don’t have a favorite player, I like to watch Jameis Winston and Doug Martin play. Jameis is such a driving force and serves as a great leader for the team. He has a focus and drive about him during the games that is fun to watch.
Doug Martin is relentless when running the ball. His aggression and determination are a force to be reckoned with. I actually enjoy watching all of the players at each game, but these two players stand out to me.
TWC: When you’re not around the Bucs and football, what occupies your time?
Taylor: I enjoy spending time with my wife and children. Family is very important to me. I also enjoy going to church, reading books, mentoring and health and fitness.
The Bucs play the Carolina Panthers this Sunday. If you can’t be in North Carolina to see them in person, you can watch it on FOX at 4:25 p.m.