It goes without saying that the Super Bowl is a big event for NFL players, even the ones who aren’t fortunate enough to be playing in it. Many guys make a vacation out of the weekend; a lot of them are there showing face at parties and events for marketing appearances. Some decide to stay home and watch the big game with their families, just enjoying the time away from work after a long, busy season.
Mountaineer and Tampa Bay Buccaneer Keith Tandy took a different route.
Tandy flew to Honduras to spend the weekend and watch the game with U.S. Troops serving overseas. Accompanying him on the trip, which was put on by Armed Forces Entertainment and Pro Tour Productions, was Bucs teammate Andrew Depaola, along with Emmanuel Arceneaux of the CFL, and a couple NFL cheerleaders.
WVUPros caught up with Tandy when he returned this week to hear about his trip.
When the group arrived in Tegucigalpa on Friday, they had the opportunity to meet with Ambassador Nealon and spend some time at the Embassy. They then made their way over to Soto Cano Air Base, which is where they spent the majority of the weekend.
“We were given a behind-the-scenes tour of the base and what the guys actually do over there,” explained Tandy.
Tandy learned about some of the missions the Troops were a part of and even got to hear some of the strategy behind them, and the guys were just as interested in hearing the much of the same from him – his mission on the football field and game plan behind it.
On Sunday, they all watched the Super Bowl together. According to Tandy, he wanted to make the Troops feel comfortable and ‘at home.’
“I wanted to boost their morale as much as possible, and what better way for me to do that than watching the most important game in my profession with them.”
Added bonus . . . it was the first time he ever got to tailgate – complete with several games of volleyball and corn hole!
It is great to see a Mountaineer who really has his priorities in order.