Ruud motivated by Pro Bowl snub
Linebacker Barrett Ruud says he's disappointed he wasn't selected to the Pro Bowl but uses it as motivation to improve.
"The old saying is usually you go a couple years after you're supposed to and you stay a couple years longer,'' Ruud said. "I'm not going to throw a tantrum or anything. I would've liked to have gone. Everybody wants to have that tag as a Pro Bowler but unfortunately, it didn't happen so all I can do is keep playing to get into the playoffs now.''
Ruud leads the Bucs with 154 tackles. The next closest player is Derrick Brooks, who was named to his 11th Pro Bowl, with 97.
Ruud says it's difficult for the casual fan to identify plays made by inside linebackers.
"And when you don't get up and have a big-time celebration, sometimes they don't know who did anything,'' Ruud said. "I can definitely see why I get kind of ignored or not recognized by the casual fan.''
Getting overlooked is nothing new to Ruud. "I was a three-star recruit in Super Prep magazine,'' Ruud said. "I never got that much attention. But at the same time, I've had players say stuff to me and that means a lot. I would be lying if I said I never want to be a Pro Bowler, but it does mean the most when players come up and say they really like what we're doing. That really does mean the most. The Pro Bowl tag is always nice, too.''
But Ruud was not even named an alternate.
"I got the shaft,'' Ruud said. "Somebody's got to get it, though.''