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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. Giovani Bernard's 342 receptions are the most by a running back in Bengals’ history.
  2. Steve McLendon provided depth and a veteran presence to the defensive line after the injury to Vita Vea.
  3. Bucs center Ryan Jensen, far left, safety Mike Edwards, second from left, quarterback Tom Brady, center in orange, cornerback Jamel Dean, second from right, and quarterback Blaine Gabbert, right, are pictured during a private workout in June at Berkeley Preparatory School.
  4. Defensive back Ross Cockrell goes from the practice squad to playing in 12 games to signing a two-year deal with the Bucs.
  5. Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy was sidelined by injury all of last season.
  6. There was definite pressure on general manager Jason Licht, right, and the Bucs to make the right pick in 2019 when drafting No. 5 overall. Devin White didn't turn out so badly. This year, the pressure's off at No. 32.
  7. Tom Brady sat down with Michael Strahan Wednesday on Good Morning America to talk about winning Super Bowl 55.
  8. Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski both proclaimed "I'm going to Disney World!" after winning Super Bowl 55. Gronk visited the Magic Kingdom the next day. Brady arrived over Easter weekend.
  9. Ndamukong Suh said he had offers from other teams during the free agency period, but wanted a shot at a second Super Bowl with the Bucs.
  10. Bucs cornerback Carlton Davis apologized Sunday night for using an anti-Asian slur.
  11. The hat, shirt and pants worn by Bruce Arians during the Bucs' victory in Super Bowl 55 will be displayed in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
  12. Coach Bruce Arians celebrates the Bucs' Hollywood ending, from playoff underdogs to Super Bowl champions.
  13. Bucs receiver Chris Godwin signed his franchise tender Thursday. It is worth $15.983 million and fully guaranteed for the 2021 season.
  14. Kicker Ryan Succop was money for the Bucs all of last season, especially on field-goal attempts.
  15. Shaquil Barrett, right, with teammate Leonard Fournette, never wanted to leave Tampa Bay. You could see hat by the smile on his face at the Bucs’ boat parade, when he wore a vintage creamsicle Doug Williams No. 12 jersey.
  16. Bucs linebackers Shaquil Barrett, right, and Jason Pierre-Paul, left, pressure Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes during Super Bowl 55.
  17. Quarterback Tom Brady, left, says he wants to interact more with fans. So don't screen your calls.
  18. Outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett, left, was in his element during the playoffs, sacking Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and others.
  19. Rob Gronkowski plays to the crowd as they chant, "We want Gronk! We want Gronk!" following the Bucs' victory over the Patriots last month in Super Bowl 55 at Raymond James Stadium.
  20. El apoyador externo de los Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Shaquil Barrett (58) captura al mariscal de campo de los Kansas City Chiefs, Patrick Mahomes (15), mientras pierde el balón y los Bucs se recuperan durante la acción del segundo cuarto en el Raymond James Stadium el domingo 29 de noviembre de 2020 en Tampa.
  21. Bucs outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett (58) pursues Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) during Super Bowl 55 at Raymond James Stadium.
  22. Tom Brady on Friday signed a four-year contract with the Bucs that voids to a one-year extension and keeps him in Tampa Bay through 2022.
  23. Tom Brady (12) holds the Lombardi Trophy while celebrating the Bucs' 31-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 55 last month at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.