Hardy Nickerson ReturnsDecember 6th, 2013
Has it really been 20 years since the Bucs signed Hardy Nickerson to dominate the middle of their defense?
Damn, that makes Joe feel old.
Nickerson, who went to five Pro Bowls with Tampa Bay, joined the Ron and Ian show on WDAE-AM 620 this morning to talk about his rare visit to Tampa for the Bucs-Bills game Sunday. (He was invited to do promotional work for the Bucs) and chatted about wanting to return to the NFL coaching ranks.
He coached linebackers for Lovie Smith’s Bears in 2007. (Now there’s one for the Lovie-for-Schiano crowd.)
Referencing his time in Year 1 of the Tony Dungy regime, Nickerson shared an interesting bit of wisdom from that season. “Optimism comes from seeing that weekly improvement.” Joe suspects that will be a very telling theme for the remainder of the Bucs’ 2013 season.
Nickerson also went on to talk about how he doesn’t think he could play in today’s anti-hitting NFL, and he shared thoughts on Lavonte David and more.
Enjoy the full audio of the interview below. For those who like video, the Bucs popped a neat video feature on Nickerson on the team website.