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SIMEON SAYS

'Cause no one says it quite like Bucs defensive end Simeon Rice.

"Reality is going to occur, regardless of what I say. The game is going to be played. What will happen will happen. What will be will be. And I'm going to add to the drama. How about that?"

GOT A MINUTE?

Will Heller, tight end

He was the only undrafted rookie to make the Bucs roster in 2003. At Georgia Tech, he was a true Ramblin' Wreck and a heck of an engineer, having majored in civil engineering.

What is civil engineering?

HELLER: There's a broad range of things. You can get into environmental studies, water treatment, structures, city infrastructure. You can go a number of ways, which is one reason why I like it. And I've enjoyed it.

Did you finish your degree?

HELLER: I still have about 13 hours left. It usually takes five years, and didn't redshirt so I was done in four. There's a lot of lab time which conflicts with football, so you have to spread it out. But I'm definitely going to get the degree. I went back this past winter and took some hours. It's something I'm going to chip away at until I get it done.

Which area are you most interested in?

HELLER: I'm interested in the structural side of it. I haven't had a chance to get out and do internships because of football, again, but I kind of like the job I have right now.

How is structural engineering different from architecture?

HELLER: They're similar, but I'd say architecture is more artistic than civil, which is more mathematical.

So when a hurricane blows through, a civil engineer is a pretty good guy to have around?

HELLER: Absolutely, especially down in this area. Engineers probably look at it from, "Will this building withstand it?"

What is your engineer's opinion of One Buc Place?

HELLER: One Buc Place? This is the finest establishment in America. You can't lose with this place. The trailers I worry about. Y'all might need to evacuate.

SMALL WORLD

Seahawks backup quarterback Trent Dilfer returns today to Tampa Bay, the scene of his greatest triumph and the place where his NFL career began. Dilfer played six seasons with the Bucs and won Super Bowl XXXV at Raymond James Stadium with the Ravens.

"I don't think it will be much different than any other game," Dilfer told the Seattle Times. "I'm far removed. And I'm sure, in the minds of Tampa people, they've already forgotten I was even there."

Dilfer, the sixth overall draft pick in 1994, started 76 games with the Bucs from 1994-99. The next season he went to Baltimore and won the Super Bowl. This is his fourth season in Seattle.

"People were rooting for him when he came back and won a Super Bowl here," Bucs linebacker Derrick Brooks said. "It would be very hard to find someone who is not for Trent Dilfer in this town."

ROAD WARRIORS

The Seahawks were 2-6 on the road last season. Is it coincidence that Seattle logs more miles than any team in the league? Last weekend, the team flew across two time zones to New Orleans. This weekend, it was three time zones to Tampa. But don't feel too bad. The Seahawks fly in style since owner Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, purchased an airplane on which every player has the equivalent of a big, comfy, first-class seat. And, no, the Bucs do not have a team plane.

JOANNE KORTH, Times staff writer

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