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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. Peyton Manning, left, is getting to the Pro Football Hall of Fame before Tom Brady, but the latter's career is still going strong.
  2. The Bucs have signed defensive coordinator Todd Bowles to a new three-year contract.
  3. Bucs wide receiver Tyler Johnson makes this nifty catch against Saints free safety P.J. Williams during the playoffs last season.
  4. Bucs cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting (23) celebrates his interception during the second quarter of the NFC Championship Game at Green Bay on Jan. 24.
  5. Tom Brady loads up a pass during Bucs training camp on Monday.
  6. Tom Brady (12), left, joins fellow Bucs quarterback Ryan Griffin (4), Blaine Gabbert (11) and Kyle Trask (2) during training camp last week at the AdventHealth Training Center in Tampa.
  7. Bucs running back Ronald Jones missed two of the final three regular-season games and was robbed of a 1,000-yard rushing season in 2020 because he was struck by the COVID-19 virus in December.
  8. Scotty Miller, pictured during a game against the Vikings, was the biggest deep threat for Bucs quarterback Tom Brady last season.
  9. Bucs quarterback Tom Brady (12) has cast aside the brace that he wore last season to protect a torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee.
  10. Bucs defensive tackle Vita Vea (50), center, defensive end William Gholston (92) and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (93), pictured during training camp Wednesday at AdventHealth Training Center in Tampa.
  11. Bucs quarterback Tom Brady (12) shovels a pass while attending training camp Monday at AdventHealth Training Center in Tampa.
  12. Tom Brady holds the Lombardi Trophy after arriving at Port Tampa Bay during the Bucs' championship boat parade in February in Tampa.
  13. Green Bay Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers has a laugh with assistant athletic trainer Kurt Fielding during training camp Wednesday in Green Bay, Wisc.
  14. Bucs head coach Bruce Arians observes the team’s voluntary workout session Tuesday at AdventHealth Training Center in Tampa.
  15. Bucs tight end Codey McElroy (86) runs after a catch during a voluntary workout in June at AdventHealth Training Center in Tampa. Rob Gronkowski said he can’t help but be impressed with the talent in the tight end room, including McElroy.
  16. Bucs quarterback Tom Brady (12) looks onto the field while attending minicamp in June at AdventHealth Training Center in Tampa.
  17. Carlton Davis celebrates after the Bucs beat the Chiefs to win Super Bowl 55.
  18. Tristan Wirfs allowed only one sack while protecting Tom Brady and helping the Bucs win Super Bowl 55 during an unbelievable rookie season.
  19. Bucs safeties Antoine Winfield Jr. (31) and safety Mike Edwards (32) stretch before practice Monday at AdventHealth Training Center in Tampa. Winfield did not practice.
  20. Caden Jones, 10, of Tampa, shows his father , D’Andre Jones, of Tampa, a selfie he took while watching the Bucs at training camp Sunday at AdventHealth Training Center in Tampa.
  21. Wide receiver Justin Watson, pictured, and tight end Cameron Brate were placed on the active/Physically Unable to Perform list when players reported and underwent physicals Saturday.
  22. Tom Brady, pictured speaking during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House where the Bucs were honored by President Joe Biden Tuesday in Washington, D.C., gave a rousing speech at the Bucs’ ring ceremony two nights later that will be remembered for years to come.
  23. Bucs head coach Bruce Arians speaks at the podium during the Bucs' Super Bowl 55 ring ceremony at MidFlorida Amphitheatre in Tampa.