Bucs kicker Lindell excited for trip back home
On a map, the NFL doesn't get farther from Tampa than this weekend's game at Seattle, but it's a trip home for Bucs kicker Rian Lindell, who spent his first three seasons with the Seahawks from 2000-02.
"It's exciting. It's always nice to go back. That's more or less my home," said Lindell, who was born in Portland, Ore., and went to high school in Washington and played collegiately at Washington State. He has plenty of family still in the state and said Friday that he's bought a plot of land in Redmond where he plans to build a home and retire someday.
Lindell hit 58 field goals in his three seasons with Seattle, but left in 2003 to play for Buffalo, where he spent the next 10 seasons before joining the Bucs this season. He has only been back to Seattle once, for a 38-9 Bills win in 2004, but saw the Seahawks last season when they played Buffalo in Toronto -- the teammates are all gone, but he remembered some staff members from his years there.
Lindell grew up in Washington but said he was never more than a casual Seahawks fan, adopting the Broncos after John Elway made them an AFC power.
"I always rooted for the Seahawks, unless they were playing the Broncos," he said. "But I didn't go to any (Seattle) games. Two and a half hours, it might as well have been 1,000 miles."