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Bucs player left massive Christmas Eve tip at Tampa restaurant

Roy Cummings



Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Who says that Christmas Eve for the Bucs was all “Bah Humbug?” A great story emerged Monday, when TMZ reported that Buccaneers massive defensive tackle Sealver Siliga (pronounced Silver Suh-ling-ah) had Christmas Eve dinner with a group of people at Tampa Applebee’s restaurant, and wanted to make sure that the staff there knew he was grateful they were working the night before the holiday.

So much so, that Siliga, who’s listed generoursly at 300 lbs., left a massive $1,000 tip ($100 for every employee still working Sunday night) on his under $300 dinner bill.

TMZ was given photographic proof:

Siliga is a reserve defensive tackle who came to the Buccaneers off waivers in the middle of last season. He’s been active for seven games this year, including the last four. He had one assisted tackle in the Bucs loss to the Panthers Sunday. That loss was the Buccaneers fifth in a row and dropped them to 4-11 on the year.

It would have been easy for Siliga to be in a bad mood.

However, the sixth year player, who is making $800,000 on the veteran league minimum, was not hesitant to drop a gratuity that you would expect from a player making $8 million a year.

It just goes to show, that NFL players can spread some “Christmas cheer,” no matter the circumstance.

Roy Cummings is a native of Chicago, Illinois who grew up in the suburb of Lombard. He and his family later moved to Lakeland, Florida, where Roy attended high school at Kathleen High. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications in 1983 and immediately went to work for the Tampa Tribune. After five years working in a Polk County bureau covering everything from high school sports to college football to the Orlando Magic of the NBA, Roy moved back to Tampa and became the Tribune's first beat writer for the Tampa Bay Lightning, covering the team from its inception through the first eight years on the ice. He was then moved to the Buccaneers beat, where he stayed until the paper was folded in May, 2016. A two-time Florida Sports Writer of the Year, Roy has extensive experience covering all Tampa professional sports teams, including the Tampa Bay Rays.

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