Tampa Bay Buccaneers equip all players with an iPad as a playbook

Being a HUGE Buccaneers fan I always love when Apple gadgets mingle with the world of Football. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have decided to equip all of the players on the team with iPads, and both players and management seem to love the idea.

According to the St. Petersburg Times, the Tampa Bay players are having a much easier time lugging their Play books around since having converted the phone directory-sized printed book to a digital version on the iPad.

The team started its love affair with iPads when coach Raheem Morris apparently used one to watch video of team prospects with GM Mark Dominik and player personnel director Dennis Hickey. Now, the players simply flick through plays to watch those that are important to them.

Morris said that it took about two minutes for Buccaneer co-chairman Bryan Glazer to approve the purchase of 90 iPad 2s. Many of the players listen to their own personal soundtracks while watching past game footage and studying plays that are downloaded to the devices automatically. Should a player lose one of the iPads on the road — while visiting the New England Patriots, for example — the team can wipe all of the plays from the device remotely, with the help of the find my iPhone App.

The Bucs are the first NFL team to embrace the iPad, but certainly won’t be the last.