Former Brave signs with Bucs

Published 12:05 am Friday, January 11, 2008

NATCHEZ — Hard work and perseverance has paid off for one former Alcorn State Brave, but he knows he is must keep working if he is to sustain his dream.

Former Alcorn State wide receiver Charlie Spiller signed a contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday, and will report back to Tampa on March 15 to begin spring practice.

“This is a great opportunity for me,” Spiller, a Woodville native and 2002 Wilkinson County High graduate said Thursday afternoon from Tampa. “I’m going to take advantage of it.”

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Spiller was a four-year starter for Alcorn State between 2003 and 2006. He currently holds the Braves record for receiving yards with 2,917, is tied for second on the career touchdowns list with 23 and is tied for third on the career receptions list with 129.

Spiller was invited to the Buccaneers rookie camp last year but was not offered a contract and did not play football during the 2007 season.

Spiller was brought back to Tampa this season for offseason training and this time, was offered a contract with the team.

“I’ve waited for this opportunity,” Spiller said. “They say good things come to those who wait and I’ve waited my turn.”

Spiller had signed a contract with the Peoria Pirates of the Arena Football League but was let out of that contract when he signed with the Buccaneers.

Spiller said now that he has been given a chance on the NFL level, it is his job to prove he belongs there.

“I’ve worked hard every day and have given it all I have,” Spiller said. “I’ve been given a fair chance. This is something I’ve dreamed about. And now I’m going to work as hard as I can to stay here.”