DURING THE INFANCY of the televised version of the NFL draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers pulled off one of the biggest blunders in draft history and then went on to make matters a thousand times worse.
The Bucs had the 17th pick in the 1982 draft and had fallen in love with defensive end Booker Reese, 6-6, 260-pound defensive end from Bethune-Cookman.
Pat Marcuccillo, the Bucs' equipment manager, was given the task of relaying the pick to commissioner Pete Rozelle. According to Ken Herock, the Bucs' director of player personnel, he gave two names to Marcuccillo: Sean Farrell and Booker Reese. In all the confusion and all the background noise being generated by New York Giants fans, whose team had the 18th pick, Marcuccillo, on ther phone, thought he heard "Farrell" and went with it.