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 head coach Bruce Arians said he felt pressure to win in only two games during his career. [CHRIS O'MEARA  |  Associated Press]
  2. Bruce Arians, left, and Tom Brady, right. [Times files; AP Photo/Nick Wass]
  3. Bucs receiver Chris Godwin asked for stories of unsung heroes during the current pandemic, and the response has been overwhelming ... and "inspiring." [Times (2019)]
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  5. Tom Brady raises the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Patriots defeated the Falcons in overtime in Super Bowl 51. Brady’s journey to each of his nine Super Bowls will be the subject of an ESPN docu-series, scheduled to be released in 2021. [DARRON CUMMINGS  |  AP]
  6. Bucs quarterback Tom Brady, left, talks with center Ryan Jensen as he and other Buccaneers workout Tuesday at Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times]
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady runs across the field Tuesday at Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa. Brady and other Buccaneers players were seen Tuesday working out at the school. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times]
  8. Tom Brady posted a message of encouragement for Florida's high school seniors. [YouTube]
  9. Logan Thirtyacre, a 25-year-old YouTube star, submitted the winning bid of $800,000 to claim Tom Brady’s All-In Challenge. [Twitter]
  10. Fans hope for a loss and the No. 1 draft pick during the Buccaneers' 2014 game against the Saints at Raymond James Stadium. [Times (2014)]
  11. New Bucs quarterback Tom Brady, right, always admired Peyton Manning's restart with the Broncos. [Associated Press (2015)]
  12. Playing mostly nickel corner last season, Sean Murphy-Bunting (26) wound up leading the Bucs with three interceptions, including a pick-six. [STEPHEN B. MORTON  |  AP]
  13. Bucs Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks says it took eight years to transform the Bucs from an NFL laughingstock to well-stocked enough to win Super Bowl 37.
  14. Tom Brady strongly denied a report by long-time NFL writer Gary Myers that he had a "deteriorating relationship'' with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
  15. “To moms everywhere right now, during this uncertain time where you’re taking on more and more every day,” Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans writes, "keep doin’ your thing because it’ll help your kids be successful in life one day." [MONICA HERNDON  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) enters the field at Raymond James Stadium before the game between the Tampa Bay Bucanneers and the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, November 17, 2019, in Tampa. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  17. Two of the league's greatest quarterbacks, new Buc Tom Brady and the Saints' Drew Brees, make the Tampa Bay-New Orleans division rivalry even sweeter. [BILL FEIG  |  Associated Press (2015)]
  18. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 2020 football schedule. [Times]
  19. In this Jan. 24, 2016, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, left, and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning speak after the AFC Championship Game in Denver. The next match involving Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson involves a $10 million donation for COVID-19 relief efforts, along with plenty of bragging rights in a star-powered foursome May 24 at Medalist Golf Club. [DAVID ZALUBOWSKI  |  Associated Press (2016)]
  20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive tackle Donovan Smith (76) runs during training camp at the AdventHealth Training Center on July 30, 2019 in Tampa. [Times (2019)]
  21. When quarterback Patrick Mahomes, left, and the Chiefs roll into Raymond James Stadium this season to face the Bucs and new quarterback Tom Brady, that seems like a game destined for a prime-time audience. [STEVEN SENNE  |  AP]
  22. Washington Huskies linebacker Benning Potoa'e (8) walks out of the tunnel before a game against the Eastern Washington Eagles at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium in Seattle last season. [SEAN BROWN  |]
  23. Chuck Noll, left, and Tony Dungy, right, during their time with the Pittsburgh Steelers. [Times files]
  24. It may be some time before we see a full NFL stadium again, like last season's opener for the Bucs in Tampa. [MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE  |  Times]