After a ten week challenge of raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), WVU Football alumnus Anthony Becht was announced Man of the Year by the Suncoast chapter.
Nearly $400,000 was raised altogether for LLS, but Anthony Becht raised $86,391 with his own networking and connections. According to Buccaneers.com, Becht went straight to the former owners that used to employ him.
“I started from the ownerships with the five NFL organizations that I played for and I worked my way down. I had family and friends and everybody helping out.”
Becht did hold an event, hosted by Casey’s Craft Bar Kitchen, with celebrity bartenders.
“We had myself, Vinny Testaverde, former Rays catcher Toby Hall and former Bucs tight end Alex Smith,” Becht said. “They were celebrity bartenders at the event and the restaurant gave back 50 percent of the proceeds to my cause.”
Becht played in 40 games over his four years in Morgantown. Even while playing tight end before the pass-happy era we’re currently in, Becht still managed 83 receptions, 1,178 receiving yards and scored 11 touchdowns. His career-high for receptions came against Missouri (six catches), while he piled up his career-high in receiving yards against Boston College (105 yards).
You can find Becht nowadays on ESPN/ESPN2 during football season, but he also co-hosts a pre- and post-game show on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers radio network.