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Hall of Famer?

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It’s been a whirlwind start to the NFL season, in particular with quarterbacks and throwing for lots of yards and scores. And obviously, the Bucs were right in the middle of that with aging veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick’s torrid start throwing the football and leading to success.

The 35 year old Fitzpatrick took over Tampa Bay’s offense during franchise QB Jameis Winston’s three game NFL suspension to begin the year. And with almost everyone outside the Bucs building doubting him and the team, proceeded to decimate opposing secondaries for three consecutive games.

Well, now, the Pro Football Hall of Fame has come calling to Fitzpatrick and the Bucs. Yes. That Hall of Fame.

No. Fitzpatrick isn’t going to be inducted into football immortality anytime soon However, the Hall made the call the Bucs and wanted a piece of history from the 14 year veteran, and Fitzpatrick has agreed.

Pretty cool stuff, Fitzpatrick’s red Bucs home jersey will be displayed for ever in the records section of the Hall of Fame in Canton, OH.

This, as the tweet indicated, as the Hall recognized his achievement as the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 400 or more yards in three consecutive games, when the Bucs narrowly lost to the Steelers nine days ago.

It came on the heels of Fitzpatrick setting another franchise record having been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week in back to back weeks to start the season. No Buccaneer had ever received such an honor two weeks in a row in team history.

These kind of special moments from specific games are cool. We wrote about Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette receiving the same honor/jersey request last year, when he became the youngest running back in NFL history to record a touchdown run of 90 or more yards in a game.

Fournette’s white Jags road jersey from the game at Pittsburgh resides in the Hall today.

Likewise, the Buccaneers have another offensive player’s jersey, gloves and cleats from the 2005 season. That’s when rookie running back Cadillac Williams became the first in NFL history to run for 100 or more yards in each of his first four games that year. A record that still stands today.

And in the “pass happy” NFL of the 2000’s, it may stand forever.

Back to Fitzpatrick, he’s gone back to the bench, for now, in favor of Winston, but still, no one can take away what he did to begin the 2018 season.

It was astonishing, record breaking, and now, it’s immortalized at the Hall of Fame.

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