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Kickin' back with Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Carl Nicks

New Bucs guard Carl Nicks spent his first four seasons with the Saints, with whom he won a Super Bowl in February 2010. But don’t bother looking for the ring on his finger.

DANIEL WALLACE | Times

New Bucs guard Carl Nicks spent his first four seasons with the Saints, with whom he won a Super Bowl in February 2010. But don’t bother looking for the ring on his finger.

You're new here, but you know the Bucs well from being in New Orleans. When you were with the Saints, did you dislike the Bucs?

It was pretty much like any other NFC South team. I had friends on this team. I don't really hate anybody. I'm a pretty nice guy, actually.

The Saints and Bucs had some close games and a couple where the Bucs upset you guys. How much of a rivalry was it?

It was a game I looked forward to. That's for sure. We have a lot of rivalries in the NFC South. But I would say that the Bucs and (Falcons) were our big rivals at the time. Now Carolina is coming up, too, though.

While in New Orleans, you won a Super Bowl. I'm wondering: How often do you wear your Super Bowl ring?

I told myself I would wear it for about a week after I got it. After that, if I had an appearance where I had to wear it, I would, but that's about it. I really don't wear it.

Why is that?

Because it's not really relevant to anything. There comes a point in time where it's like, "Okay, it's a new season. Time to work again." It's an accomplishment, but you don't want to rub it in people's faces anyway.

So it's kind of like a trophy?

Yeah. I would say so. You know, when you're done playing, wear it all the time, I say. But I think when you're still playing, it makes you look complacent. I'm trying to get another one.

Okay, we have some easy weekly questions. First, what's playing the most right now on your iPod/iPhone?

Right now, I have that new 2 Chainz album. That's playing a whole lot right now. And I have this new DJ Khaled album, too.

When you want something other than hip-hop, something mellow, what do you listen to?

I'm a big Bob Marley guy, actually.

What website do you look at most often?

Have you heard of the website WorldsStarHipHop.com? I have to look at that every day, period. It's just ridiculous stuff on there. It's just really funny stuff. Some of it is a little questionable, too. But it's good stuff.

What reality show do you never miss?

Well, I'm digging Hard Knocks right now. I'm just wondering: Do our coaches talk about us like that (laughing)?

Glad I asked. I always wanted to know what players thought about Hard Knocks.

Yeah, man, that's crazy. I mean, man! But I also like those (HBO) 24/7 boxing series, like with (Floyd) Mayweather. Those are always entertaining. Jersey Shore, for the first couple of seasons, I was digging that. Back in the day, I used to watch Real World, too.

What was your favorite season of Hard Knocks?

I would have to say the year they had the Bengals (2009) because they had (Chad) Ochocinco at the time. And then the year they had Dallas with Jerry Jones (2002).

Would you want to be on Hard Knocks?

Yeah. I thought they were supposed to do the Saints one year, and I heard they thought about doing it here one time, too. I would love to do it. People would probably look at us different. It shows people you're not just a guy collecting a check and showing up to play on Sunday.

Changing gears, I understand your sister is autistic. What does that cause mean to you and how do you plan to get involved?

This is the first year I've tried to really get involved with the cause. I grew up with it. I saw it was a strain on my parents and my siblings. A special needs person has special needs, literally. I kind of want to just help out families that aren't doing as well as we did when I was growing up. There were other families we knew who needed special things for the child but weren't able to afford it. I'd just like to help out anyone in that situation.

What's the hardest thing the families have to deal with?

It's a lot of responsibility, and it (requires) a lot of patience and understanding. It's not going to be the same with her as it was with me.

Do you think seeing her challenges and how she faced them impacted you at all, and how?

She's doing pretty well, and that has a lot do with my parents. I respect them a lot. A lot of people just do enough to get by, and then you have people like my parents who went over the top and made sure she had top-of-the-line (care). But I learned patience, and I learned how to be sensitive to various situations. Really, I just think I'm a more understanding person because of it.

Stephen F. Holder can be reached at sholder@tampabay.com. Follow him on Twitter at @BucsBeat.

.Biography

Carl Nicks

Position: Left guardHometown: Salinas, Calif.

Height/weight: 6-5; 349 Age: 27

College: Nebraska; second-team All-Big 12 as a senior; allowed one sack over two seasons; played freshman season as a defensive tackle at New Mexico State.

Pro: 2008 fifth-round pick of the Saints; two-time Pro Bowl selection (2010, 2011); first-team Associated Press All-Pro in 2011; signed five-year, $47.5 million contract with the Bucs in March.

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