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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. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) listens as offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich gives him instructions during the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
    Rick Stroud | Bruce Arians says he wants to wait another month before making a recommendation to ownership. Here’s some reasons why.
  2. Cameron Brate's collection of jerseys features teammates current and former and those of other players who probably have more in common with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end who went undrafted out of Harvard. [Photo provided by Cameron Brate]
    Tampa Bay tight end Cam Brate’s swap shop of jerseys is more than a numbers game.
  3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Shaquil Barrett (58) celebrates his sack on Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan during the first half of a Nov. 24 game in Atlanta.
    The Bucs rookie has 14.5 sacks, two shy of the club record held by Warren Sapp.
  4. Bucs kicker Matt Gay's colorful cleats bring  awareness against bullying. Gay said he was bullied as a kid because of his last name.
    Kicker Matt Gay knows what it’s like to be bullied, and wants to people to have a little more “faith in humanity.”
  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones (27) runs the ball while being tackled by Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback A.J. Bouye (21) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
    The Bucs running back has gotten back into his playbook since being benched for missing a block Sunday
  6. Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera is seen prior to an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)
    Carolina parted ways with their head coach after nearly nine seasons.
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Jamel Dean (35).
    Bruce Arians shares his thoughts on Tampa Bay’s 28-11 win at Jacksonville Sunday.
  8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Devin White.
    Sports Day Tampa Bay: Bucs-Jaguars rewind and who will be the next USF football coach
  9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Devin White, right, celebrates touchdown off a Jacksonville Jaguars fumble with strong safety Andrew Adams (39) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
    Bucs 28, Jaguars 11: The Bucs won their second straight in a game that may be looked upon as White’s coming out party.
  10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Devin White (45) brings down Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette (27) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
    Rick Stroud | The rookie linebacker’s first NFL interception and touchdown were instrumental in Tampa Bay’s 28-11 win over the Jaguars.