• Walter Grant

Former Syrupmaker Overcomes Adversity, Signs with Bucs


From a small town to the big screen, former Syrupmaker JJ Wilcox is at a point were ball is life. Even though he wasn’t much of an impact during his time playing high school football, he’s a million dollar man now playing in the NFL for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

He didn’t really get the chance to show what he had early off as an athlete, but that wasn’t enough to stop him from giving 100 percent in the classroom. As a senior, he played both ways for the Cairo Syrupmakers 2008 state championship team, forcing fumbles and scoring touchdowns on catches.

Because of his hard work on and off the field, he was able to continue his journey by going to Georgia Southern, where he really got his first opportunity to shine in the spotlight.

Things haven’t always gone the way he might have prayed for them to be. With the good there is bad, and he lost one of his biggest fans, his mother. Wilcox stayed strong and kept working to reach his goal of being a NFL player and taking care of his family.

The Dallas Cowboys gave him a chance, and he was a third round pick in the 2013 NFL draft. Wilcox played three years with the Cowboys as a defensive back. Now he and his family are calling Tampa home, where he has recently signed a contract with the Buccaneers for two years.

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