Bucs cool down after minicamp with shaved ice truck

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin eats an ice cream, courtesy of defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, at the conclusion of a three-day NFL football minicamp Thursday.

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TAMPA, Fla. — Summer afternoons in Florida can be brutal, so Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy had a wise idea to add some chill to the end of his team’s three-day minicamp.

Pick up the tab for a shaved ice truck to visit One Buc Place.

Near the end of Thursday’s session, a truck offering tropical shaved ice parked near the corner of a practice field. When the practice broke, a handful of players — with running back Doug Martin and offensive tackle Anthony Collins leading the way — gravitated toward the vehicle to claim their treat.

"It’s a family here, man," McCoy said. "And what I do at home with my family is I take care of my family. … These are my brothers. This is my family. Been working hard since April. We’re all about to go on break. I just figured it’s hot out here. I’d just do something nice for my family."

McCoy said he received the idea after his wife, Ebony, craved shaved ice on a recent drive with him in the Tampa Bay region. McCoy thought it would be a good idea to have the shaved ice be a sweet reward before players and coaches dispersed for the summer prior to meeting again for training camp, which starts July 25.

"How often do you get to finish with a snow cone?" Bucs coach Lovie Smith said. "It’s just kind of the topping on the cake."

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