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Bucs offensive line pranks rookies with fake $26,000 dinner bill (pic)

A handful of Tampa Bay Buccaneers players pulled a fast one on two rookies by presenting them with a bogus $26,000 bill at the team’s annual rookie dinner.

Tradition dictates rookies foot the bill for each position group. Wednesday night marked the Buccaneers offensive line’s outing, held at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Jacksonville, Fla.

Once the meal was completed, the veterans on the Bucs O-line presented Korren Kirven and Cole Gardner — both undrafted rookies — with the aforementioned $26K tab.

Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times tweeted out an image of the fake dinner bill.

Left tackle Donovan Smith took to Instagram to post a video of the bill. It was captioned, “Rookie dinner. Thanks!”

Kirven posted an Instagram story of the bill along with the message, “Rest in Peace.”

The presumably stunned rookies were of course ultimately informed they were the victims of a brilliant prank. Smith revealed as much in a tweet.

“… it’s a fake bill,” Smith tweeted, “we tricked the rookies.”

The ruse was confirmed by several sources, including the restaurant manager. The tab actually came out to about $3,000, per an ESPN report.

“We didn’t have to pay for anything,” Kirven said of the prank. “We were shocked at first when we saw the bill. We thought we weren’t gonna make it. But at the end, knowing they paid it was pretty cool of them.”

Crisis resolved.