|on November 17, 2006, 02:23:00 PM|
Third but not least to enter your Hall of Fame is a man of character, Hardy Nickerson Born September 1st, 1965 in Compton, California. It should be little or no surprise that a he is in the TCDHOF, given that he played for a great defensive team like the Buccaneers, and is known for his big hits and dominating performance on the field, but also is known for being a humanitarian as well. Lets talk about that side of him first.
He and his wife Amy have always had an impact on the Bay area, even receiving compliments from Derrick Brooks – “Hes not one to stand on the sideline, certainly not when he sees an opportunity where his involvement can make a difference,” Brooks said. “The game is going to miss him. Hardy will be around a long time, though, doing good things for people. Thats simply his nature, you know?”
Back to what hes known for, his on the field performance, appearing in 225 games, he had 100+ tackles 9 times and even 200+ in both 93 and 01. He also registered 21 sacks, 12 interceptions, 60 passes deflected and 23 forced fumbles, 12 recovered. In his 16 year career, he was named to 5 pro-bowls. He recorded a total in all of over 1,500 tackles, quite impressive.
Other awards include the Byron “Whizzer” White award 1997, (which is given by the NFL Players Association to a player whose excellence extends beyond the field). He played for several teams, (Pittsburgh) (1987-92), Tampa Bay (1993-99), Jacksonville (2000-2001) and Green Bay (2002), and of course we all recognize him here most with the Buccaneers.
In short, the reason hes been voted in by The Captains Deck is his outstanding performance both on and off the field, he will be missed and the best way to end this is with words by the man himself, “In some ways, Ill miss the game, because I respected it so much, But it was time to move on and there are a lot of things to move on to.” as he never stops amazing even in retirement, he gives back to the fans and Tampa Bays children.
(Note that all quotes and credits are from ESPN.com)