A Tribute to Kacey Reynolds
Well Hey guys welcome to the pewter cast a very special edition of the Peter Cast. That's going to be very different. Not even starting off with the typical music that we normally do. My name is Brenton. I'm your host joined as always by my co host. Dax ran a special show out there for everyone. One that we've never done before we've never done a show quite like this one no Special show for A special guest and a special fan someone who has come out Came to the buccaneer spotlight less than a year ago today. Of course talking about Casey Reynolds the make a wish foundation Young man who was from Georgia and he wanted to you know make An announcement the first draft pick for the buccaneers because 'cause he was huge bucks fan and Unfortunately as many probably all of you know by now He succumbed to cancer Just a few days ago But we actually. Brett had the chance to talk to him. And we've had this interview in the CAN For Awhile almost a year now. Yeah Yeah I mean with that You know last year Ren when we were When we're coming up to our draft show right trying to come up with something new trying to come up with. How do we do something in a different way and kind of the thought behind last year show was but let's capture of the draft from various fans point of view? And so like you were at the. You're one of the draft Joe Bucks Fan. I was at the official draft party at the stadium offering corey. We had him recording stuff out at Nashville. He was actually at the draft and And then we were. We got hooked up Casey to Kinda get his experience out and that was a fun surprise and you know as sometimes happens with podcasting with editing. That was a really really difficult show to put together. Like there was there was no continuity. Just didn't make sense and as time continues to march on no matter what you do Just couldn't get it together in time before the cycle had turned right and so this was one of those one of those shows where I said. Well Okay let's let's keep this in our back pocket and if there's a slow slow week we need an episode to put out. This'll be a good one to put out obviously had no idea this was coming. I wasn't expecting it. Let's put it that way But we we've had it out there and you know it just. I think the best thing we can do to sort of honor Casey to honor his memory is to to bring this one out and and to put this out there for the people and You know let people maybe get to know Casey just a little bit better Kind of the for where he was for where he is in his in his fandom and I mean this is sort of thing we've been doing this podcast long enough now where life events happen in the people that we get connected with. Yeah you know. We've we've had our friend. We've had friends get married. We've had friends have children. We've had friends move change jobs and We've we've had a a handful of people very small handful. Fortunately so far Who We've lost and passed away and so this episode really is to honor Casey and his memory and has bucks fan of this thing that we share in common with him Here at the Pierre cast and everybody. Who's listening to that? So we think this is perfect time. Bring it out so one other thing. We are having our ads run during this particular episode. That's because we're contractually obligated to now with our with the network that we're a part of however I don't want this to come across in any way shape or form as us just trying to get or capitalize on something or get money or anything like that so fortunately one of the things we can do is we can find out how much we're actually making each episode and all the money that we're GonNa make from this episode in actual probably do a little bit more. We're going to donate to make a wish I and we're going to funnel it all right there. It's none of that is gonNA come to rent an eye through through. What is going to be happening? That said for those of you out there listening The more people who listen to this show the more people you share this within the more people that click in. That's more money that will get to be able to donate to make a wish so Share it for that reason Not for any of the other reasons of growing popularity. Because that's not why we're doing this. This really is to honor Casey and get in there and so with that said rent We're GONNA take a short break and on the back side of this break you're GonNa hear all about Casey's experience of a lifetime something that no other bucks fan has ever gotten to do or probably will ever get to do again. And that is what is coming up on this special episode of the -puter cast a tribute to Casey rails. I wanted to ask you just kind of first things first. It's sort of a thing that we do here on this show I I believe that you live in Georgia. So how does a Georgia boy who lives in in Atlanta Falcons territory become a buccaneers fan? How did that happen for you? Well my dad was born in Tampa so I just naturally was connected to that team and so did you just he. He was a fan of the bucks and he was from Tampa. That was a fan of them so I just joined with them. So that became became your team to You know I I tell you I've got A. I've got a little sun myself. We don't live in Tampa either and I'm doing everything I can to to make him a bucks fan. So you've been bucks fan. Most your whole life did. Did you grow up watching the bucks? You've fallen real close. Like like tell us about animal but do you get to go to the games very often. You have a favorite player. Anything like that I'm going to a few games. And I watched them when they play but My favorite players Mike Levin. Now you've got to have a real personal connect with Mike So so that's really cool. Now we all know you know. Buxton's we've heard your story at least a little bit. You got hooked up with the make a wish foundation now like a lot of kids when they when they get hooked up with make a wish like they want to go to. Disneyworld or something like that. What was it for you that said you wanted to announce the first pick for the buccaneers. Well I knew I couldn't ever paid to do it in my life and I wanted to be a part of something bigger because I know ought to be a part of his career but for for Devon white you mean So so tell us about the moment you found out like you know if anybody's looked at your story I know you were You went back to your high school band class. And and Mike Evans comes on the screen abut. But tell us about that moment. I wasn't sure but I was kind of suspicious because they didn't have a concert or anything for me to be invited to Is during the class and I didn't know why they would invite me to that so so it was just like in the middle of the day like when they would just have a normal class. That's when it happened. Okay Okay and so you get in there like are they. Are they playing any particular song or like like like walk us through that moment like what happened well I walked in and they all cheered that they saw me with the signs and When I sat down they talked to me and they played some of their music. That they're gonNA be playing at a concert Soon they showed the video of Mike. Did they talk to you for a minute? I or how like what happened. There Well before they played asked me a few questions and talk to me and they turn the lights off any Mike. Video came on a screen that they Hold down so you see that you see Mike. And you're surrounded by your parents winded. Hit you like I'm going to Nashville like it did. But it really came with. Mike said it in his video so out of this like I said you got to do something. Most Bucks fans will never do your housing the first pick which turns out it was Devon White. Tell us about your trip. Well we got in a day or two for the draft. You pretty much just you know ventured and hung out around Nashville waiting for the upcoming draft and then the day of Liam went to the stage picked up. I make Alicia on the red carpet with the draft prospect and there was eating. Casey was the red carpet like it was great. There is a a glut of fan to their own starts to get signed and then there's cameras everywhere wanting pictures were you. Were you like signing stuff? Too I find a few things there. I love it so you get there. You go backstage. I guess at some point you met Roger Goodell. Wh You guys talk about backstage back stage We went to his green room waiting for the pick. And either all just as me. How is doing if I was nervous? And if I was ready to call out the pick how my team was doing yeah. General talks about football. Yeah wh what do you have to say about the buccaneers? He said hopefully I. Can you have the team some luck? So Roger Goodell comes out. What was that moment like? The lights are on your seconds away from doing this. You know talk to us about that. You can't really hear them okay. I'm from where I was but it was just mainly being anxious and waiting to get up there So so they're out there now. I WANNA play a little bit of an audio clip for you Casey. I don't know that this is something you've ever gotten here and especially where you just said it's kind of hard to hear up there and I I know that's true. I do a lot of work on stages and stuff and it can be very hard to hear what's happening out in the crowd when you're up on stage but this is an audio clip of the moment when you get announced and when you're announcing the pick but it's from out in the crowd. We had our friend cory from the player reaction who is there at the draft and he was recording some stuff out in the crowd. I hope you can hear this okay but I wanted to play this for you just to kind of give you a sense of what may be happening in the crowd as it pertained to use specific changing his name. That's awesome. Yeah so so there. It is even the people out in the crowd Casey. They were just super excited to see into here. You an out there chanting your name so I don't know we're able to hear any of that while you're up there on stage of the crowd reaction for you when you're up there. I did some of that. You have this card in your hand. And it's got Devon White's name on it. When did when were you first given that card like do you know? How long did you know like you? Peek down and look at it How how long did you know that he was the actual pick to know just before I came right? And you're like are you just like well okay. Do you still have the card like? Did they let you keep that card or anything? Maybe Nice. That's cool. You know when they make the the pick So walk us through that. Like you get up there and by the way you did a great job Doing the announcing. And you know. The cameras flashed Devon back in the in the green room and he comes out and he does the whole thing with Roger Goodell and gets the Jersey. Like what's going on with you. In that moment after the pick I went off the stage and I went around to where he would be. I met him after it came off. You met after. He came out of state. So I I saw pictures and stuff later that you also had a jersey kind of the the first round pick jerseys that people get the number one with your name on the back When did they give that that? Jersey last year. Oh so you've got to them before the draft cause the bug sent me because I got because I had to miss the last year and draft. The I'm sorry so back that up. You said because you had to miss last like where you actually going to do this last year. Yeah but I six. I couldn't go okay. Okay so this was kind of like chance number two for you then. Oh Man. I'm I'm I didn't know that and I am. I am so glad you actually got got to do it. That's cool so you so your backstage and you had that from last year and you know people were chanting your name. You go off stage. You meet Devon White and at some point you get a call from Bruce Arians and he. He invites you to come down to Tampa and says that you're going to get to get on the team charter and fly down with Devon White. Talk to us about that conversation. And what was that? Airplane ride like like again something most books fans. I Dare I say probably no other bucks fan is ever going to get to do is fly on team. Glazer chartered air moves. Very nice and I couldn't believe they actually invited me down with him to see that's cool so like you're on the plane like like. Are they serving you drinks and stuff or you know? Because I know it's a charter plane like what? What'd you do on the on the flight while you're down like are you talking? Devon the whole time you guys playing cards like like what'd you do? That's a it's not a super long airplane ride but not super short either. I want to be honest with the schedule. We had. I honestly fell asleep. Nice okay okay. It comfortable seats though like good. Good sleep and seats. It wasn't very comfortable ride when I was away. Yeah 'cause we got out of the draft around twelve ish allow then. We had to wake up at eight to meet them to go to the plane. So so you're there you get out at twelve so you met Roger Goodell. You met you know. Obviously you met Devon White. Who was there anybody else you met while? You're there at the draft I'm at a Josh shown. And in Tyler and the other draft picks weather back there so eight o'clock the next morning you get up you you come down you take a little nap while you're on the airplane you get there and and you're at one. Buc place you pull in. And you know bucks fans in case. You don't know there's a huge red buccaneers logo the flag right out by the street there at Martin Luther King Boulevard and you pull in and there's the giant football cage. I know for me whenever I go through there and I've been there several times. It's still every time it's like. Ooh Like what was it like for you. Like pulling onto the campus there. Had you ever been to one buck? Was this your first time. I've been there before when I was younger and I got to see like the museum lobby type thing. They have right but it was a lot different. Actually getting to go and tore the whole right right. Yeah and you got to go. You know once again Casey. You got to do things that most books fans didn't don't get too late you know lots of fans get to go on tours of one buck and they see the auditorium in the locker room and various places but nobody really gets to go up to the coach's offices now from what I understand your experience and you correct me any point along the way if I'm wrong one of your first steps I think was the locker room and inside the locker room. Somebody was there waiting to surprise you. Tell us about that We walked around a little bit sing the various rooms around the campus and we ended the locker room and Mike Evans. Was there waiting for me? That's cool and and so you know this is same guy that was on the video. Who told you you're going to get to do it? And now here. He is standing in front of your face. Mike Evans is not a small guy. He is a tall dude. Oh what did you think when you first saw him and kind of came right up on him. He was told but he seems a lot. Hollywood you're not next to okay. Yeah Yeah Yeah I know what you're saying. Okay Fair enough. So you're you're talking to Mike and I read. I think Scott Smith had written this. On buccaneers DOT COM. Mike allowed you to pick anything out of his locker so I want to know first of all what you picked. And then I've got a follow up question. But what would you pick out of his locker? He said I could take anything I wanted out of it except I helmet okay. So he signed pro ball for me and gave me a pro bowl shirt. His cleats his jersey. Oh he he didn't give you one. The question. Like Scotts article said he told you you could take anything out of his locker that he wanted and said that you had left with a Duffel bag full of autographed stuff. So that's that was going to quiz. You might say take something out of there and you leave with a Duffel bag What else did you have in there that you know? Maybe they gifted to you while you're there have to be on. I think I have every male apparel item and then. Oh yeah that's cool that's cool. I love it. I love it. I love it Casey. So you're there with Mike and Mike taking your around on a tour and I saw a picture where you actually got to meet Coach Dungy Tony. Dungy was there in the facility that day. It was a great meeting him because he was a big part of the team. And I never thought I'd really meet him. 'cause I mean Casey. He was a little bit before your time. You probably only rebel in me around for Gruden. So he gets meet coach Dungy. Who Else did you get to meet while you're there at one BUC? Jason Lie got to meet the coach recipient sort of I met some other people like the strength team. Joel Glazer who was in Mr Light Office. Okay so so Jason Light I wanted to. I wanted to kind of mail on this because you know the word is that they signed to a contract when you were there with Jason Light but no one we haven't heard like what was that contract like what was in the substance of it. What did it say like what? What was that thing that you sign there with Jason? Who is a one day contract to be the kicker really? Wow that's cool so tech so you signed a one day contract to be a Tampa Bay buccaneer. Did you go out and do any kicks? We mainly just cut Torn getting but they asked me what position. I wanted to be in. Okay I decided on kicker okay so they give you the contract. You have the piece of paper. Where is that contract right now? It's currently in my room. Have you have you gotten it framed yet? Or is it in the? I've gotTA do sometimes mile. I'm working on it now. That's cool in see again once again. Casey. You're doing something that almost no other bucks fan in the history of bucks. Fandom is ever going to get to do and that's just that's super awesome. What Casey Man I mean? That's really everything that I had was. Was there anything else about your time and about your trip. You think. It's just kind of a cool thing. I think. Two of my favorite things much was getting to Gerald. So Ewing Party of endgame. Oh you got to playing and playing pooling pond with Mike did you. They had all that setup in the players lounge there at one buck right. Yeah okay now. I know he's a pretty vicious ping pong player. I don't know much about as Polska. How how is he is a player is he? Is he just as good as he is? Football or school. I'm a little bit. He's real nice. So who who wanted? Did you win? Please tell me you beat him out at least on this one. I'm beat them in pool but he he got me in pingpong they he's good at Ping Pong. I've watched him play before. It's it's yeah. I'm pretty good down there. Yeah Yeah they're they're pretty competitive for sure for sure You know not to bring up that conversation. I know a lot of bucks fans been going around about that recently so but you got to go to Joe McCoy's viewing of in game. That's really cool. Tell us about that whole experience. Well you know Gerald. He does the parties for all the superhero movie. Who's been on? I got to meet him in Mike. Down there with his family and it's really quite the thing there. Yeah because they have other bugs players they're involved with people that are coming to see them have always sorted during some popcorns. Everywhere you are you are you. Are you big Comic Book Movie Fan? You Big Marvel Fan like was that a a movie been looking forward to a while. I'm going to have to be honest. That's honestly the only one I've actually seen really. Oh So Casey. You know what that means is. You've got twenty one other movies now to make up for two to know what the heck they were talking about. You know like why that so. It's the first one you saw. What did you think of it? Did you enjoy it or you know not really. You're battling thing was a real good movie. Yeah Aric as the woman. Was there anything else from your trip. You'd like to tell us about because it sounds like you had just one heck of a trip all all the way around. Well Hey Casey once again I want to say thanks for taking out in twenty five thirty minutes of your night here to get to talk to us and share with us about your trip. I I. I don't know how everything's going with the cancer in there. We wish you well with that. I know olives book all the books nation is you know is cheering for you in that and one of the cool things about being a bucks fan as and I've learned this living out of market is we're all fans together you know like the. The buccaneers is kind of the thing that brings us all together but we get to know each other. We get to talk to each other and stuff and and you know. I've made some of my my current best friends right now are just bucks fans that I've met from across the country and areas places. So you got a lot of people cheering for you. Casey and I just couldn't be more tickled to death to get to talk to you tonight. Our rent will that was Casey Reynolds. That was him his voice telling us about his experience. Not just at the draft. But you know what it took to find out that he was going to be able to fulfill this wish that he was going to be in. Nashville. What happened while he was in Nashville. And then even when he kept to come down to Tampa take the teams charter flight down and be hanging around one buck for a day. Yeah there are a lot of really honestly. I've I've gotten to listen to this interview. I wasn't there the first time You know when you recorded with Casey. There's a lot of fun nuggets in there. You know About what he did backstage him fall asleep on the plane. Bracelets COMING DOWN. Devon white him in a special relationship he got to build with Mike Evans playing pool bank ping pong emptying out his locker taking everything from a Duffel bag. Yeah it was you know what do it? And you're listening to interview and you're like in your sort of thinking your subconscious all how lucky how lucky let me and then he drops it on you that I was supposed to do. You're before but I I got sick. Yeah and it's like so he had to wait a whole `nother year for his his wish came true and something. I want to say here I take for granted how you drive the show and sort of form the narrative each show in in real may in. Because I know it's uneasy just ask Cheryl But you did a really good job with Casey You know guiding him through this interview and and You know really just sort of taking care care of him in this and it was it was in a in a plus job honestly really was like I was. I was shocked at how good what's will thank you. I appreciate. It was definitely a different kind of interview. I think we talked about it a lot. A LOT OF TIMES THE INTERVIEWS. We have we just say okay. Jameis Winston and then the guy goes for like twenty minutes right. Casey's not immediate guy. He's not a guy who's out there doing a bunch of public speaking And and so there was. There was a lot so we got to go through and talk and and I really wanted to highlight his voice and minimize mind as much as possible by through the course of our I think our actual conversation was closer to thirty minutes. So there there's that much that was cut out the that you know he and I had actually a really kinda fun connection. You think you can actually hear it in the interview as it goes on like we're getting more and more comfortable with each other and You Know Casey Casey's can I really wished that I had the opportunity to get to know him better And and get to know him more and I'm sorry that we didn't get this out last year when he could have listened to it or he could have been there but It short of that. I I can't go back and change that but I can make sure that it gets out now and that his story in his own words is getting out and That's really what the point of this was an. I love the stuff that you kind of picked up on. That was real fun from that and I think the big one just being you know. He's a big Mike Evans Fan. And I don't I don't know that I've given any real thought since we started doing this podcast to if I have a favorite player or not right because we tend to focus on the team as a whole and and I you know I forget about it idea that people have a favorite player and it changes from week to week or at least year to year at the very most but yeah it does it does and I think it was really really cool. And and if if I didn't want to get this out so far and didn't want to You know having a chance to maybe talk to Mike Evans about this and get his side of story and get his take on it. I think would be a really interesting conversation. it's a little hard for us to do these days but I thought it'd be one if I could add to this show. That would be that that would I think would be the second. Half of the show would be a talk with Mike about his experience with Casey. Yeah this is you know these are these. This would be the interview. Seon twitter like this is a twitter content. I'm here for you know. And it's like a dog like snuggling with a baby. You know things like that It's just like we had an I. I know I had and I think you did too really weren't sure if we wanted to do this. You know we wanted to put it out right. But tying it into the make a wish All the money we make this like you said you know maybe a few dollars more Senate to make a wish to Casey. I think it it really is the best way. Sort of honor his memory because everyone has done a piece. The bucks came out with something where it's done something with Rick. Shout talked about on his five gas. You know a lot of people come out and spoken about this but I think this is by far the best way to get to know Casey and really walk through with him through this experience that many of us any of us would a loved loved being able to do. Yeah Yeah In in and maybe go to endgame a Fan I yes but to be able to go to end game with all of the buccaneer players that were there. That would be awesome. I don't care if you've liked the franchise or not you know. But yeah and then and then and who doesn't want to sign a one day contract to be kicker. I forgot about that. Yeah and he picked kicker big big to like I like all right guys this ending all our woes. I is broken broken. Yeah so we we have and then. Hey let's Matt. Gay came in and had a relatively pretty good here at a fantastic middle year so But Hey listen this. This really is about Casey. So listen guys cases family. If you guys are listening to this thanks for sharing. Thanks for sharing your kid with us. You know to Casey's dad thanks for instilling a fandom in your boy That that would lead to something like this that we ve very very briefly. Got To know your kid And we got to know Casey in a way that really has touched all of bucks. Fandom I think it really has and and You know So so here's to it and rent. I think that's going to do it for us for this episode As we sign off here. So we're not gonNA worry about the how to contact us isn't stuff like that. You guys know how to do that if you want. Get in touch with us. But until then they is until next time. We'll give this one out there. Casey go bucks.