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Brian Price working through injury, setting goals high

Bucs defensive tackle Brian Price is back in Tampa these days continuing his rehab from the pelvic fracture that cost him most of his rookie season last fall, and he admits the road back is long.

But Price said today that missing out on last season has made him hungrier and given him a unique perspective.

"I'm easing my way back," said Price, who is working with a personal trainer at a local gym. "I'm not worrying about it. It's a rare injury but everybody goes through something. I don't play this game for money. I just want to be great. I want to be in the Hall of Fame. I'm focused. I don't even have a haircut right now. I look grimy. I'm just working, man."

During the brief time the NFL lockout was lifted last month (before an appeals court issued a stay of the lower court's ruling), Price was able to go to One Buc Place and consult with the training staff, which gave him clearance to proceed to the next phase of his comeback. So, now, Price is running lightly and doing more cardio work. He's even added zumba dance classes to his regimen, though he joked he's often the only male student in the sessions. Also, self-defense and boxing classes offer dual benefits: Conditioning and improving hand use which should help in shedding blockers.

And much of the motivation for all of this goes back to his inability to help the Bucs last season, when the 2010 second-round pick spent 11 games in injured reserve and was severely limited as early as offseason workouts.

"I didn't really watch too many games," Price said. "It was kind of depressing. I'd never really been hurt before. I'd been really blessed. . . I have a mindset now where I never want to be in this position again. I want to make this a great journey."

On a much different note, Price is also involved in an interesting technology venture led by former Bucs Ryan Nece and Jeb Terry, which we'll tell you about in greater detail later.

Posted by Stephen Holder at 4:24:58 pm on May 19, 2011