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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. Defense carries Broncos, Manning to Super Bowl title

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    SANTA CLARA, Calif.

    If Peyton Manning played his last game by winning Super Bowl 50 and rides off into the sunset, it should be on the shoulders of the Broncos defense, which carried him Sunday night. Manning won his first Super Bowl, with the Colts, with his arm. He won his second with his brain. The quarterback who used to throw pills now tosses only pillows. But he was smart enough to mostly avoid the big mistake and let the league's No. 1 defense bury the Panthers. Denver forced four turnovers, sacked Cam Newton six times and scored the game's first touchdown in a 24-10 win. At 39, Super Man(ning) is expected to retire now. On Sunday, he won his second Lombardi Trophy and 200th game, passing Brett Favre for the most victories in league history (regular season and playoffs). He is the oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl. After the game, Manning would not say if he planned to retire....

    Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning wins his second Super Bowl title despite only 194 total yards and 11 first downs.
  2. Broncos' Manning, Ware deliver emotional pregame messages

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    SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Broncos QB Peyton Manning and DE DeMarcus Ware gave emotional speeches at their team meeting Saturday night before Super Bowl 50. "Both were very emotional and near tears," team president Joe Ellis told ESPN.

    Coach Gary Kubiak addressed the team first, laying out what he believed was a winning game plan against the Panthers on Sunday in all phases of the game. Then Manning addressed the team....

    big ending: From left, Beyonce, Chris Martin of Coldplay and Bruno Mars come together to bring their halftime show to a close. Coldplay and the two singers also performed individually.
  3. Is Super Bowl 50 Peyton Manning's final ride?

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    SAN FRANCISCO

    For the first time in his career, Peyton Manning did not take a team to the Super Bowl, but he went with one. • At 39, Manning likens himself to an aging fastball pitcher who can't throw 95 mph anymore, the loss of arm strength a result of four neck surgeries. "He can still work the corners and get guys out," Manning said. This season, he was pulled from a game for the first time as a pro after throwing four interceptions, missed six others recovering from a torn plantar fascia near his left heel and watched backup Brock Osweiler go 5-2. In Week 17, he was a backup for the first time since the start of his freshman season at Tennessee, then came off the bench to rally the Broncos to a win. • Yet with a win today in Super Bowl 50 over Carolina, Manning could enjoy the perfect ending to his storied career, riding off in the proverbial sunset on a white Bronco....

    Peyton Manning missed part of the season with an injury, then was a reserve for the first time since his freshman year at Tennessee. Brock Osweiler, far left, started late in the season for the Broncos, but Manning took over again and starts today.
  4. Ex-Bucs coach Tony Dungy makes Hall of Fame

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    SAN FRANCISCO — Tony Dungy was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.

    He will be right there in Canton, Ohio, with Bill Walsh, Chuck Noll, Don Shula and Vince Lombardi.

    He didn't look like them, and in his quietude, he never sounded like them. But he won like them, managing to kick down a few color barriers along the way.

    Nobody knew that when he started in Tampa Bay in 1996, after he had been passed over time and time again for head coaching jobs. Twice in Philadelphia. Once in Jacksonville....

    Tony Dungy, in his first season coaching the Bucs, 1996. He led the franchise to four playoff berths in his six seasons in Tampa Bay but was fired after the 2001 season.
  5. Buccaneers' Jameis Winston wins fans' top rookie honor

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    SAN FRANCISCO — On an outdoor television set for CBS, dressed in a brown suit, Jameis Winston took aim at a passing target a few feet off the faux football field after tumbling over from a gust of wind. From about 12 yards, he pumped four spirals through the narrow opening in five attempts.

    With all of his Super Bowl appearances, the formal attire has come in handy this week, because Winston seems well-suited to perform under any circumstance....

    Jameis Winston is the third rookie to pass for 4,000 yards.
  6. Dungy, Lynch await Hall of Fame fate

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    SAN FRANCISCO — Tony Dungy was ready to walk away from the NFL when he was fired as Bucs coach after the 2001 season. A second straight lopsided loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC playoffs hastened his departure, even as the team had been in failed secret discussions with Bill Parcells to succeed him as coach.

    Other teams wanted to talk to Dungy about openings, and in his six seasons with Tampa Bay, he already had become its all-time wins leader, reaching the playoffs four times....

    Tony Dungy, former Bucs coach, greets well-wishers before the Lightning takes the ice against the Rangers for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final at Amalie Arena last season.
  7. Bucs' Jackson wins Salute to Service Award

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    Bucs receiver Vincent Jackson was selected as the winner of the fifth annual Salute to Service Award presented by USAA. Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach presented the award to Jackson live on NFL Network.
     
    USAA will contribute $25,000 in the winner’s name to the official aid societies representing all five military branches.

    Jackson, a three-time Pro Bowl receiver, launched the Jackson In Action 83 Foundation on Veterans Day in 2012 to support military families by focusing on the educational, emotional and physical health of military children....

    Vincent Jackson launched the Jackson In Action 83 Foundation on Veterans Day in 2012 to support military families by focusing on the educational, emotional and physical health of military children.
  8. Winston is a strong candidate for Rookie of the Year awards

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    Cam Newton is the talk of Super Bowl 50, but another NFC South quarterback is getting plenty of attention this week in San Francisco....

    Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston is a strong candidate for two Rookie of the Year awards.
  9. 'Football genius' Mike Shula had rocky end with Bucs

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    SAN JOSE, Calif. — Aside from the last name and prominent jaw, Mike Shula is his own man when it comes to the coaching profession. He is the designer of the NFL's most prolific offense, the play-caller for Cam Newton, and creator of an innovative scheme that takes advantage of the Panthers quarterback's rare skills as a runner and passer.

    "I'll be the first to admit that my dad, who he is, has opened doors," said Shula, the 50-year-old offensive coordinator of the Panthers and son of Hall of Fame coach Don Shula. "I'd be lying if I said it didn't. But I've always tried to be extremely appreciative and take nothing for granted."...

    Mike Shula was the Bucs’ offensive coordinator for four seasons (1996-99).
  10. New coordinator Monken to take long look at Bucs receivers

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    It's unclear exactly what impact former Southern Miss coach Todd Monken will have as offensive coordinator with Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter retaining his play-calling duties. In fact, Monken's biggest impact will likely be as receivers coach.

    Last season, Mike Evans enjoyed his second 1,000-yard season but produced only three touchdowns. He also led the NFL with 12 dropped passes. A talent like Evans simply can't fight his hands, lose confidence and kill drives....

    Bucs new offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Todd Monken speaks to reporters Thursday in Tampa. “I’m so excited to be here I can’t see straight,” Monken says.
  11. New Bucs offensive coordinator wants fun put into game plan

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    TAMPA — Todd Monken left a good job as head coach at the University of Southern Mississippi to return to the NFL, but he is bringing some college pompoms with him.

    The Bucs' new offensive coordinator, who was introduced Thursday, wants more exuberant players and explosive plays, a fun-and-gun style that he believes can work at any level.

    "It's about having the talent first. And then, I like having fun," Monken said. "I don't know why it has to feel like such drudgery. I just don't. I've never understood that. I want a fight song! We don't have a fight song! I want a fight song! Isn't a fight song cool? You get to sing a fight song."...

    Todd Monken will yield some of the offensive responsibility to head coach Dirk Koetter, with whom he worked on the Jaguars staff from 2007-10.
  12. Bucs' new offensive architect Todd Monken is about gun and fun: 'I want a fight song'

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    Todd Monken left a good job as the head coach at Southern Mississippi to return to the NFL, but he is bringing some college pom poms with him.

    The Bucs new offensive coordinator, who was introduced Thursday, has a simple philosophy that involves explosive plays and exuberant players — the gun and fun.

    "It's about having the talent first. And then, I like having fun," Monken said. "I don't know why it has to feel like such drudgery. I just don't. I've never understood that. I want a fight song! We don't have a fight song! I want a fight song! Isn't a fight song cool? You get to sing a fight song. Call me a college guy. When I was in Jacksonville, they called me a college guy. That's great. I love it. I love coaching, the excitement of it. Why can't it be fun?...

    New Bucs offensive coordinator Todd Monken was introduced Thursday at One Buc Place.
  13. Bucs' Winston named to Pro Bowl, replaces Brady

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    Jameis Winston's first NFL pass was intercepted and returned for a touchdown. The last pass of his rookie year will be thrown Sunday at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii.

    On Monday, Winston was named to the NFL's all-star game, replacing the Patriots' Tom Brady.

    The 22-year-old out of Florida State is the first Bucs rookie quarterback to be named to the Pro Bowl. A Tampa Bay QB has been selected to the Pro Bowl three other times: Trent Dilfer (1997), Brad Johnson (2002) and Jeff Garcia (2007)....

    Bucs Jameis Winston (3) trots into the end zone unchallenged to score the winning TD during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers final drive in their game against the Dallas Cowboys at Raymond James Stadium Sunday afternoon in Tampa (11/15/15).
  14. Bucs QB Jameis Winston is headed to the Pro Bowl

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    Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston's first NFL pass was intercepted and returned for a touchdown. The last pass of his rookie year will be thrown at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii.

    Winston was named to ther NFL All Star game Monday night, replacing Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. He is the first Bucs rookie quarterback to be named to the Pro Bowl in franchise history.

    The rare honor is a reward for Winston, a Rookie of the Year finalist, who joined Cam Newton and Andrew Luck as the only first-year players to pass for 4,000 yards....

    Jameis Winston was named to ther NFL All Star game Monday night, replacing Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. He is the first Bucs quarterback to be named to the Pro Bowl in franchise history.
  15. Dungy knows a healthy Manning hard to stop

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    Peyton Manning still had time left on the clock. That's all the quarterback's former head coach, Tony Dungy, needed to know.

    While others said Manning had played his last game or that the Broncos would be better off turning the team over to Brock Osweiler, Dungy smiled. Four neck surgeries have robbed "The Sheriff" of velocity on his passes, but Manning beats you with his head as much as his arm....

    Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos warms up prior to the AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 24, 2016 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)