TAMPA, Fla. - Tampa Bay Buccaneers left tackle Donald Penn spent the past week trying to convince coaches he previously caught a touchdown pass during a game. He was so determined to prove his point, Penn showed them his score in 2010.
That was all Tampa Bay’s coaching staff needed to see.
Tampa Bay lined up on the Miami Dolphins’ 1-yard line in the first quarter, and Penn was an eligible receiver. Penn threw a quick block, but broke free and was alone in the end zone. That is when Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Penn en route to Tampa Bay’s 22-19 victory.
What happened after Penn's touchdown was more impressive.
Penn, who is 6-foot-5 and 340 pounds, ran to the goal post and dunked the football. Okay, Penn did not have the same dunking finesse as Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, but any man over 300 pounds who can get up that high deserves a lot of credit.
“Y’all know I love back and the first time I [scored], I didn’t know how to act,” Penn said. “I lost my composure, so this time I had something planned and then I saluted to the troops with this being Veterans Day. They do a lot for us, and they really go under appreciated, so I just tried to show them a little love because I really do appreciate everything that they do.”
Penn, we appreciate your efforts after that score.
And we salute you, too.
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