‘It’s an honor’: Bucs get new hairdos for 10th annual ‘Cut and Color Funds the Cure’

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got all kinds of wacky and colorful haircuts Thursday as the team hosted their 10th annual “Cut and Color Funds the Cure.”

Current players, staff and team legends, including former tight end Rob Gronkowski, legendary cornerback Rondé Barber and former head coach Bruce Arians had their heads or facial hair shaved or colored red by pediatric cancer patients

The annual event brings smiles to not only the kid’s faces but the players as well.

One of the young participants, Audrey, said her favorite part was getting to meet all the players –– old and new.

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“The situations these kids are going through is anything to another level that I’ve ever been through,” retired NFL tight end, Gronkowski, said. “To just be here, you know, on their side, to support them, to be their hero and buzz my hair and show that we’re here for them and raise awareness for these kids…it’s just an honor.”

Now in its 10th year participating in the campaign, the Buccaneers have raised nearly $700,000 for the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation (NPCF). Thursday’s event also marked the first time in its 10-year history that anyone could attend the event for free.

“Anytime you can help out the kids, especially cancer, it’s a huge deal and it doesn’t cost you anything to put a smile on someone’s face in their time of need and we’re glad to do it,” Bucs’ head coach Todd Bowles said.

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