Although he is not the player with a huge poster on his face on the side of Raymond James Stadium. Or the player who graces the cover of the Bucs program in the days of the game. William Holston is still an extremely important figure in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
He is big. He is strong. He is constant on the field. He is a leader in the locker room. And he is forever underestimated. Each of these factors certainly contributed to the fact that Jason Licht and the Buccaneers’ front office gave him as the player they want to bring back for another Lombardi Trophy match.
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So that’s exactly what they did.
Although William Holston is rarely the center of attention … when he speaks, you have to listen. Especially if the topic of discussion has something to do with Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He eventually entered his tenth year as a member of the Bucs, further consolidating his status as the team’s longest-serving player.
In a recent episode of the Pewter Report Podcast, William Holston offered some behind-the-scenes views on a number of different Bucs players and topics.
The interview was conducted by Scott Reynolds and Mat Materathey both did an excellent job of getting Holston to really open doors on certain topics.
When asked about his impressions of the Buccaneers’ second-round draft pick and his newest defensive teammate, Logan Hall, Holston did not shy away from complimenting the youngster based on what he has seen from him so far in OTA’s.
“His flexibility. Its explosiveness. And like, how well it moves to be so big. I was shocked because I don’t have to see guys my size and height all the time. And he’s the same size as me, but he moves like Noah Spence … He’s like a little fish there. And he also keeps the information. I have high hopes for this man. I know he will be able to produce. ”
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He also discussed the bitter exit from the team’s playoffs in the playoffs of the NFC division against the Los Angeles Rams. When asked how long it took him to overcome the loss, Holston answered with great frankness.
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“I do not know, I’m really not over it. Usually the 24-hour rule, but these things suck, bro. I think everyone felt what I felt. Come back, break up. It was the worst loss I’ve ever had in my life. ”
Holston also continued to discuss Vita Wea, including his impressive transition from a young player in the league to one of Bucs’ most important locker room leaders and a valuable mentor to younger players.
“So he can see the big V come and get this big contract. Which he deserved because he was the dominant force. He is like a talent of a generation … It’s crazy to see how much mental strength Vita has. Now I’m in the boardroom and Vita is shouting blocks, calling out situations, listening to him do all this and I’m like a man, we’re getting old … I’m excited to see what a Man can do like this №1. ”
When asked against which quarterback NFL Holston would most like to get fired, he mentioned Tom Brady (while offering a warning that he would obviously prefer to remain his teammate), as well as his former quarterback, a fierce rival, James Winston.
“I see James as a brother, he is one of the brothers, but I want to interrupt him. This is my brother at the end of the day, but I would like to do it.
With the seemingly inevitable departure of Ndamukong Su on the horizon, with Vita Wea ready to take on more responsibility in his fifth season, and with the promising rookie (Logan Hall) expected to play a lot, the role of William Holston on the defensive line is as clearly defined as it has always been.
He will be tasked with continuing his stellar defense against running, will be challenged to further improve as a passer, where he hopes to build high in his career in last season’s sacks (4,5) and most importantly that he would be asked to take on an even more prominent role as a locker room leader.
If you have to take anything from this interview, it is that William Holston is extremely confident in his teammates and not only is he personally ready to meet his high expectations for this season, but he is also motivated to exceed them.
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