Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin will sign autographs and greet fans at an Uncle Bob’s Self Storage in Tampa, Fla., on May 17. Martin will sign complimentary photographs from 1 to 3 p.m. at 1792 W. Hillsborough Ave. No memorabilia will be permitted. The event will also include family activities such as a mobile-gaming truck. Sports radio WDAE 620 AM will provide giveaways.
Sidelined with an injury in November, Martin was recently cleared to resume play, which he announced via Twitter on March 31. The tweet garnered more than 1,500 favorites and 900 retweets.
“I can’t wait to get back to work, and I am thrilled to be working with all the new faces in Tampa,” Martin said. “This is going to be an exciting year for us and the fans.”
New members to the team include general manager Jason Licht and head coach Lovie Smith. Last week, the Buccaneers selected wide receiver Mike Evans from Texas A&M University as the seventh overall pick in the NFL draft.
“As Bucs fans, we can’t wait to see what all the changes bring for the season,” said Patrick Brislin, area manager for Uncle Bob’s Tampa facilities. “Doug is a valuable presence in our community, and we know he enjoys connecting with fans.”
Martin was drafted 31st overall in 2012 from Boise State University. He currently holds the Buccaneers’ single-season rookie rushing record with 1,454 yards. Martin also sponsors the “Doug’s Avengers” fans section at Raymond James Stadium, a group of front-row seats dedicated to local charities.
Uncle Bob’s Self Storage is owned by Sovran Self Storage Inc., a real estate investment trust that acquires and manages self-storage facilities. The company operates more than 475 facilities in 25 states, including 16 in the Tampa area.