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Rick Stroud - Bucs Reporter

Bucs Reporter

I’m glad we don’t change beat writers the way the Bucs change coaches. My first season was Ray Perkins’ last. He called me to ask if he was getting fired that day. He was. I’m in Tony Dungy’s book, Dirk Koetter’s phone and can sound like Jon Gruden’s voice. Covered the Gators, pinch hit on the Rays beat. Listen to my podcast SportsDay Tampa Bay M-F and you’re set. Dixie Hollins, SPJC, Arkansas State. Played baseball for all of them. St. Pete native. Married to Valerie. Three kids, grown son and two elementary school girls. I love this job. It’s taken me around the world. I’ve stood in the Oval Office, but One Buc Place is my White House.

  1. Bucs inside linebacker Devin White celebrates after the Bucs win over the Saints in a division playoff game last week in New Orleans.
  2. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, left, talks with Bucs quarterback Tom Brady (12) as the two met at midfield after Tampa Bay's win in October at Raymond James Stadium.
  3. A Super Bowl 55 sign adorns a privacy fence outside of Raymond James Stadium Wednesday in Tampa.
  4. Bucs defensive tackle Vita Vea (50) stretches his ankle during a team practice Wednesday at AdventHealth Center in Tampa.
  5. Former Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter announced his retirement from football after 39 years.
  6. It's safe to say that tight end Rob Gronkowski has enjoyed his first year with the Bucs, especially after managing to stay healthy for an entire season for the first time since 2011.
  7. Wide receiver Antonio Brown is a game-time decision for the Sunday's NFC Championship Game at Green Bay.
  8. Preparations were underway for Super Bowl 55 Wednesday at Raymond James Stadium. The NFL's championship game is scheduled to be played on Feb. 7. It will mark the fifth time Tampa has hosted the Super Bowl.
  9. Bucs nose tackle Vita Vea, left, stretches his ankle during a team practice on Wednesday at AdventHealth Center in Tampa.
  10. Bucs general manager Jason Licht, left, talks with quarterback Tom Brady during a break in the action during training camp in September at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
  11. Bucs wide receiver Antonio Brown celebrates a touchdown catch during the Bucs' victory over Washington in the wild-card round of the playoffs
  12. Vita Vea, here attending practice on Sept. 25, has been out since breaking his ankle in an Oct. 8 game against Chicago.
  13. Saints free safety Marcus Williams hauls in what he thinks is an interception as Bus wide receiver Antonio Brown, left, looks on. The interception was overturned on review.
  14. Saints quarterback Drew Brees right, speaks with Bucs quarterback Tom Brady as Brees' children look on after Sunday's win for Tampa Bay.
  15. Bucs inside linebacker Devin White celebrates after recovering a fumble in the third quarter against New Orleans on Sunday. He added an interception in the fourth quarter.
  16. Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and the Detroit Lions mutually agreed to cancel his interview scheduled for Friday.
  17. Bucs outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett (58) sacks Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15), forcing a fumble, during a game in November at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
  18. Leonard Fournette played so well against Washington in the wild-card game, he has earned the right to start Sunday’s NFC divisional playoff game at New Orleans.
  19. New Orleans Saints defensive end Trey Hendrickson (91) celebrates a sack in the fourth quarter of the Saints' win over the Bucs in November at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Hendrickson has three of his 13.5 sacks against the Bucs.
  20. Saints quarterback Drew Brees, left, and Bucs quarterback Tom Brady meet at the end of a Nov. 8 game at Raymond James Stadium. The veterans will play their third game of the season against each other Sunday.
  21. Bucs running back Ronald Jones attends a team practice on Thursday at AdventHealth Center in Tampa.
  22. Bucs linebacker Devin White (45) sacks Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) during a Tampa Bay win in October at Raymond James Stadium.
  23. El mariscal de campo de los Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tom Brady (12), habla con el mariscal de campo de los New Orleans Saints, Drew Brees (9), en el medio del campo al final del juego en el Estadio Raymond James, el domingo 8 de noviembre de 2020 en Tampa.