Catalina Macaw Zsa Zsa Helps Announce Bucs' 2018 NFL Draft Pick Jordan Whitehead

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistApril 28, 2018

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2009, file photo, football fans cheer in the north end zone of Raymond James Stadium during an NFL football game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Jets in Tampa, Fla. Opened in 1998, the stadium's Buccaneer Cove has 103-foot long replica of pirate ship. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius, File)
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As part of the final day of the 2018 NFL draft festivities on Saturday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers enlisted Zsa Zsa, a Catalina macaw, to help announce their fourth-round selection. 

The Checkdown provided the video of Zsa Zsa, along with caretaker Stephanie Dripps, making it official that Pittsburgh safety Jordan Whitehead was the 117th overall pick to the Bucs:

On Monday, the NFL announced that teams will be making their Day 3 draft picks from Rounds 4-6 at special locations of their choice. 

The Bucs decided to take advantage of their most prominent feature at Raymond James Stadium by having a parrot make the pick from the pirate ship located inside the stadium. 

Patricia Norton, founder and CEO of the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary, wrote in a text to USA Today's Tom Schad that Zsa Zsa came to them when her previous owner had to find a new home for the parrot. 

"Her previous owner had to find a home for her, due to not having the time to spend with her," Norton wrote. "She found us and wanted only for Zsa Zsa to live the rest of her life with us, being able to 'just be a bird.'"

Schad noted Zsa Zsa is eight years old and could live to be as old as 90. She has played an integral role in the Bucs' future with the addition of Whitehead and will now see whether her selection helps the team make it back to the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

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