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Rick Stroud, Times Staff Writer

Rick Stroud

Rick Stroud covers the Bucs and the NFL for the Times. He joined the paper in 1983 after graduating from Arkansas St., where he played baseball. He has reported on national sporting events including more than 20 Super Bowls, the NCAA Final Four, and the Major League Baseball playoffs. While working as the beat writer assigned to the University of Florida at the Times, Stroud's stories documented NCAA rules violations by the football and basketball programs. He began covering the Bucs in 1990. Since then, the team has undergone seven coaching changes, the death of owner Hugh Culverhouse and the sale of the franchise to billionaire owner Malcolm Glazer and a stadium referendum and a Super Bowl XXVII victory. He co-hosts a sports talk show weekday mornings from 6-9 on WDAE 620-AM, 95.3-FM.



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  1. Brooks endorses Winston as Bucs pick


    PHOENIX — Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has convinced the best player in Bucs history he should be Tampa Bay's No. 1 overall draft pick.

    The endorsement of Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks should carry some weight, even if he admittedly is biased as a former Seminoles All-American.

    Brooks said Friday at Super Bowl XLIX that Winston will impress with his work ethic and football acumen....

    PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Quarterback Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles reacts after losing 59-20 to the Oregon Ducks in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
  2. Seahawks' Sherman can miss Super Bowl for birth if needed


    PHOENIX — Seahawks S Richard Sherman may face a tough decision: help deliver the Seahawks another Super Bowl championship or be with his pregnant girlfriend if she has to deliver their first child.

    Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Friday it will be Sherman's decision whether to play in Super Bowl XLIX or be with his girlfriend, Ashley Moss, if she goes into labor. During a joint news conference with Patriots coach Bill Belichick, Carroll said family comes first and "if (Sherman) is faced with that decision, we'll support him."...

    Richard Sherman hopes his son does him a favor by waiting a few more days to be born.
  3. Brooks endorses Winston for the Bucs


    Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has convinced the best player in Bucs history he should be Tampa Bay's No. 1 overall draft pick.

    The endorsement by Bucs Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks should carry some weight with the organization, even if he admittedly is biased as a former Seminoles' All America player.

    But Brooks said Friday at Super Bowl XLIX that Winston will impress Bucs coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht with his work ethic and football acumen....

  4. Analysis: Dungy, Lynch face uphill road in Hall of Fame vote


    PHOENIX — If only the voters for the Pro Football Hall of Fame could see what Tony Dungy inherited when he took over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    Wins were rarer than sashimi. The team had suffered through 11 straight double-digit losing seasons (soon to be 12). The training facility was One Buc Disgrace — two practice fields and a cramped, cinder block building just a fair catch from a runway at TIA. Players had to eat lunch at their lockers and lift weights outdoors....

    OT 56900 - - DELIVER TO: SPORTS - - 11/30/97 - - NEWARK - - STORY SUMMARY:  - - CAPTION INFO: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traveled to the New York to take on the Giants Nov. 30, 1997 at the Meadowlands Stadium. Bucs head coach Tony Dungy gives a victory hug to safety John Lynch as the final minutes ticked off the game clock. The Bucs won 20-8 against the New York Giants. - - Times Photo by: Victor Junco - - Story By: RICK STROUD - - SCANNED BY:  - -  RUN DATE:
  5. Can Seahawks' Russell Wilson change definition of 'franchise QB'?


    PHOENIX — He is 5-10½, he has unapologetic faith and he will scramble to all corners of the map before connecting on another touchdown pass for the Seahawks. When the pressure builds, like when he had thrown four interceptions in the NFC Championship Game, he will focus on a remote part of the stadium to steady his nerves and bring him "back to zero," almost willing his team to victory....

    With a run-and-gun style, 5-10½ Russell Wilson seeks consecutive Super Bowl wins.
  6. Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch talks without saying much


    PHOENIX — Marshawn Lynch participated Thursday in the last league-mandated media session of the leadup to the Super Bowl. Talk might be cheap, but not talking this week could've been expensive for the Seahawks running back, who avoided fines but still did not answer questions.

    Instead, in what was his longest outburst of the season, Lynch offered his perspective in a statement before leaving after five minutes timed on his smartphone....

    Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch makes his third straight media appearance during Super Bowl week to avoid a fine. But this time instead of repeating the same sentence in response to questions, he makes a short speech about why he doesn’t like to talk to the media. “It don’t matter what … y’all say about me,” he says. “My family … that’s all the really matter(s) to me.”
  7. Seattle's Legion of Boom spells doom for opponents


    PHOENIX — Nobody can talk trash like Richard Sherman. The Stanford graduate is the son of a garbage truck driver. But despite his reputation, the playground poet could only smile and laugh when he heard what people had said about a certain photo shoot.

    The Seahawks' "Legion of Boom" posed for the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated not in the gray sweats the team had sent for the secondary standouts to wear but dressed in their individual styles, as if they were headed to a club. Cornerback Sherman was asked to do the pictorial alone but insisted on the whole crew. So five players landed on the cover and the others inside....

    Patriots QB Tom Brady, left, with cornerback Richard Sherman after a ’12 Seahawks win, talks glowingly of Seattle’s secondary.
  8. Tom Brady gets his kids' cold


    PHOENIX —- Tom Brady's eyes watered and he had the sniffles, wiping his nose on his shirt during Wednesday morning's Super Bowl media session. An emotional reaction to accusations of deflating footballs?

    No, Brady simply has a cold.

    "I've had it for four or five days," the Patriots quarterback said. "My kids got sick, and my wife (model Gisele Bundchen) is pretty sick right now. I brought it unfortunately to Phoenix, but I'll be fine. I'll be good. I'll be 100 percent. I'm not worried about it at all."...

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who says he has a cold, listens to a question during a news conference Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Chandler, Ariz. The Patriots play the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
  9. Five ex-Bucs find Super landing spots


    PHOENIX — Darrelle Revis was late. The Super Bowl interview session for the Patriots had begun Wednesday morning, and the All-Pro cornerback may have been watching film or watching his money, but he wasn't watching the clock.

    "Sorry I'm late, guys," Revis said without explanation as he took his seat at the podium about 10 minutes tardy.

    It's okay, because Revis has waited for eight seasons to get to this stage. And as any NFL player knows, you haven't arrived until you arrive at the Super Bowl....

    Darrelle Revis, a cornerback with the New England Patriots, speaks to reporters during Super Bowl XLIX Media Day.
  10. Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch was just there so he wouldn't get fined


    PHOENIX — He walked into US Airways Center like a prize fighter on his way to the ring. The flash bulbs popped, fans rose to their feet and cameramen stumbled over each other trying to get a good shot of Marshawn Lynch.

    Wearing an Africa medallion and silver-rimed sunglasses, the Seahawks running back took his seat at the podium during media day.

    Lynch looked down at the microphone the way a dog looks at a hydrant....

    Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch fulfilled his duty at media day, then said, “I’m just here so I won’t get fined,” 29 times.
  11. Media day madness par for course at Super Bowl


    PHOENIX — More than 5,500 credentialed "reporters'' from 27 countries participated in the Super Bowl XLIX media day, and it wasn't without its mix of unusual questions and creepy moments.

    Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski disclosed that his childhood crush was Pamela Anderson then participated in some Katy Perry karaoke to win an XBOX One.

    A flip-flop-wearing Bill Belichick, when asked by Jerod Mayo's young daughter, revealed his favorite stuffed animal....

    Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski takes a selfie during media day for Super Bowl XLIX — and also tried his hand at karaoke.
  12. Patriots owner Robert Kraft wants proof or an apology from NFL


    CHANDLER, Ariz.— Patriots owner Robert Kraft came to the Super Bowl seeking another Lombardi Trophy but might not be satisfied unless NFL commissioner Roger Goodell presents his embattled organization with something even more rare: An apology.

    Making a surprise statement shortly after the Patriots' arrival at Super Bowl XLIX Monday, Kraft said he was disappointed in the league's handling of their investigation into whether the team deflated footballs prior to the AFC title game. He also expressed his belief that coach Bill Belichick, quarterback Tom Brady and the entire organization is innocent of the allegations made against them in various media reports....

    New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft addresses reporters during the team’s media availability ahead of the Super Bowl in Chandler, Ariz., Jan. 26, 2015. (New York Times)
  13. Patriots' Browner endorses targeting injured ex-teammates in Super Bowl


    PHOENIX — Former Seahawks CB Brandon Browner told his current Patriots teammates to try to target two injured members of Seattle's Legion of Boom in Super Bowl XLIX.

    Seattle CB Richard Sherman played the fourth quarter and overtime of the NFC Championship Game against Green Bay with a hyperextended elbow, and Seahawks S Earl Thomas dislocated his shoulder. Both are expected to play in Sunday's Super Bowl....

    Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner, a former Seahawk, wants teammates to take advantage of Seattle’s injured All-Pros.
  14. Pete Carroll's rah rah style turns into win win



    It will be hard to forget the image of Pete Carroll, hands raised over his head, ricocheting all over the football field, looking for someone to hug after the Seahawks' improbable overtime comeback win over the Packers in the NFC Championship Game. But the truth is, it happens almost every day. Carroll's arms are always open for someone to fall into. The man knows how to cuddle. But the NFL hasn't always embraced his ways....

    Carroll aims to join a select club of coaches who have won consecutive Super Bowls, including Bill Belichick.
  15. Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch must avoid gesture


    PHOENIX — Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch will be required to talk to reporters again this week and nobody knows how he will handle that obligation. But it's his unspeakable gestures after touchdown runs that might cost the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX.

    Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he plans to talk to Lynch about the NFL's plan to penalize his team 15 yards in the Super Bowl if "Beast Mode" performs an obscene gesture after scoring....

    Seattle Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch (24) celebrates his touchdown run during the second half of the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)  NFC219