“Emotional” Chucky Returns To One Buc PalaceOctober 1st, 2011
The last time Chucky was in One Buc Palace was on a fateful Friday night in January 2009, when he was told by Team Glazer to pack his bags and leave the premises, in so many words.
Saturday, Chucky returned One Buc Palace, not as a coach, but as a see-no-evil, hear-no-evil, everyone-is-a-Pro-Bowler-that-Chucky-loves type of TV analyst.
Tampa Tribune reporter eye-RAH! Kaufman documented the scene.
After the ESPN crew taped interviews with an array of Bucs players Saturday afternoon, Gruden stopped in the media room for a brief chat.
“I’ve got a lot of friends here and I was fired up,” Gruden said of his first visit to Bucs headquarters since his dismissal. “You get a little emotional.”
Unlike prior published stories, Monday night will not be Chucky’s first trip back to the stadium Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks built , known in some circles as “The CITS.” Chucky returned in January to broadcast the Outback Bowl when Penn State played Florida.
Also in Kaufman’s story is how Raheem Morris feels about his old “boss.”
For Joe, hearing what platitudes Chucky talks about the Bucs will almost be as fun as the game itself.