Sunday was one of the more remarkable moments in sports in the last 25 years or more. Tiger Woods, 11 years removed from winning a major championship and 14 years removed from his last Masters win, overcame injury and personal disgrace to put it all together and won his 15th major championship at Augusta National Golf Club.
And, as Woods had most sports fans in the country riveted Sunday afternoon rallying from two shots down on the back nine to capture the first major championship in professional golf for 2019, his comeback was not lost on NFL figures in this state.
With Tiger was tracking down the leaders and taking command, Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston was cheering him on:
— Jameis Winston (@Jaboowins) April 14, 2019
One of his primary protectors on the offensive line, Donovan Smith, who just signed a lucrative contract extension to remain in Tampa Bay, was also in particularly celebratory mood on social media, as Tiger was closing things out:
— Donovan Smith (@DSmith_76) April 14, 2019
Meanwhile, in North Florida Jaguars Pro Bowl defensive tackle and team leader Calais Campbell, gave his props to the greatest golfer in the modern era upon him winning yet another major championship:
— Calais Campbell (@Campbell93) April 14, 2019
Campbell was making reference to Woods embracing his son, daughter mother and girlfriend much the same way as he had done with his late father after his first Masters win 22 years ago.
Dolphins linebacker Raekwon McMillan also passed along his praise for the forty-three-year-old Woods
Congrats Champ, right where you are supposed to be ! https://t.co/wWDa0pr7bt
— Raekwon McMillan (@Kwon_daTRUTH) April 14, 2019
Even new Buccaneers boss Bruce Arians got into the act on social media Sunday afternoon. Many are wondering and speculating why Woods has begun to chew gum, especially in this event? It’s the first time that anybody can ever remember that in his illustrious career.
All Arians knows is, if it’s working for one of the greats in sports, it might work well for he and his new team:
— Bruce Arians (@BruceArians) April 14, 2019
Make no mistake, Woods more than “moves the needle”in terms of attention and audience. He is the needle, at this point. And on Monday, we will probably learn the in the neighborhood of 30 – 40 million people were watching the end of his epic climb back to the top.
And, as the 2010 saying goes, “game gonna’ respect game.”
And the Bucs, Dolphins and Jaguars were giving the proper respect to the great Tiger Woods Sunday.
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