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Kickin' back | Tim Crowder

Kickin' back with Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Tim Crowder

You went to Texas, so I'm curious about your take on the final seconds of the controversial Big 12 title game.

It was a fair call. They went back and reviewed it, and it showed one second was on the clock (after Colt McCoy threw the ball away). I believe the ball hit the ground with one second left. That was fair. It might not seem fair to Nebraska fans. But it's fair to us. It was the right call.

Is there a better player in the country right now than Colt McCoy? (Asked before the Heisman winner was revealed Saturday night.)

No, as far as being a quarterback and a leader, and I know him personally. I know what type of person he is. I wouldn't want to have another player to lead my team.

Is that a big part of his package? The leadership?

He has that "it" factor. That's a big thing with him. It's leadership without the ball in his hands, when people aren't watching. The guy is a gym rat. He works hard in the summertime and the offseason. It could be 30 degrees outside and he'll be out there trying to get (teammates) to do 7-on-7 workouts with him.

You won a title at Texas. Have you had a prouder moment in your career?

It's definitely the pinnacle. That's what you work so hard for all those years, doing all that strength training and running after practice. That's the high point of everything, winning it all.

Was it more satisfying because USC was the team to beat that year?

We beat the best team to ever play. That's what the media said. That's what a lot of people said. You probably said that. So, if they were the best team ever, what does that make us?

Like we ask every week, what's playing the most on your iPod right now?

I'd say some Al Green, some gospel, too. A lot of Shirley Caesar. I've really been into her lately. I love the testimonies before she sings. There's like a buildup before she sings the song. That gets me excited. That's the best before-game music you can have. It's inspirational.

So, do you prefer the old soul music or gospel?

Both. I listen to a lot of gospel, a lot of R&B, especially old-school R&B. I've been really on the Gap Band lately, the Dramatics, the Stylistics. Good stuff. I kind of grew up with it. And I have brothers that are a lot older, so they raised me up on some of that old music. And I'm a big fan of Sade. That's like one of my all-time favorites. She puts me to sleep every night.

The other weekly question we ask is: What Web site do you think you visit most? It's basically a Web site with a lot of rappers, but I don't really go there for that. They have all these crazy videos of things. It's usually people doing something stupid. … It's kind of like YouTube (for hip-hop). It's pretty good.

If I visited your hometown, Tyler, Texas, what's the one thing I need to do or see before I leave town?

There's a place that's one of my favorite eating places. It's called Pauline's. They have some great catfish. For some reason, it's my favorite place to go to. It's buffet style. There's a lot of catfish, mashed potatoes; they always have some kind of potato pie to the side. It's a place I love to go to.

Texas is renowned for its high school football. Florida is, too. Do you have any opinion on which is better?

They always say Florida has the fastest players, but in Texas, we have everything. We have speed; we have size. I'm biased because I'm from Texas, so I think Texas has the best football.

Speaking of high school sports, you were a pretty good pitcher in high school. What was your best pitch?

The curveball. I was a left-hander, so I didn't really have to throw a lot of pitches. I just had the natural movement of a left-hander. The curve and the slider were my main things. But I actually had a pretty mean fastball. Before I started lifting weights. As a freshman and sophomore, I could get it up to the 90s.

And you were a pretty big guy to begin with, so that must have been a pretty intimidating sight on the mound, no?

I was about the same size then. I haven't grown since. I was 6-4 as a sophomore. So, coming from the left angle, that is pretty intimidating.

You threw a one-hitter once. How memorable was that?

I threw a lot of one-hitters, two-hitters, three-hitters. I just never had the chance to get a no-hitter.

So, what took you down a path to playing football as opposed to baseball, which you were also good at?

I kind of burned out on baseball a little bit. Later in my high school years, everyone (colleges) was calling and scholarships started coming. So, I just knew that football was my calling.

Tim Crowder

Position: Defensive end

Height, weight: 6-4, 260 pounds

Age: 24

College: Texas; four-year starter earned first-team All-Big 12 recognition in his final two seasons; had 19 sacks, two interceptions and eight forced fumbles in his career.

Pro: drafted in the second round by Broncos in 2007; signed with the Bucs on Sept. 14; has started two games and has 31/2 sacks and nine quarterback pressures this season.

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