TAMPA, Fla. -- As he reflected on his team's three-day minicamp, Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith asked a question that probably hasn't ever been asked by a football coach.
"Everybody was here," Smith said. "We finished on a high note. Now, how often do you get to finish with a sno-cone?"
That's right. As practice was winding down, a shaved-ice truck pulled up on the side of the practice field. As soon as practice was over, almost all of the Bucs headed for the truck.
The ice was there thanks to defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who picked up the entire tab.
"What I do at home with my family is I take care of my family," McCoy said. "I reward my family when my kids get good grades or do something special and I take care of my wife. These are my brothers. This is my family. We've been working hard since April. We're about to go on break. I figured it's hot out here, I'll do something nice for the whole family."
McCoy ran the idea by Smith in advance and got the coach's approval.
"I said 'Hey, great idea.' Here we are talking to the guys about getting their body fat down and Gerald comes up with this," Smith said with a laugh. "For a day like today, we're not going to count calories. Guys left with a smile on their face."
The Bucs now are done with their offseason program. They're off until they hold their first practice of training camp on July 25.
Smith said he's happy with how the offseason program went, but he's anxious to move onto the next phase.
"We're where we need to be right now," Smith said. "I think we're going to be a good football team. Next time though, part of the evaluation is seeing the players in pads and that's pretty important."