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Hardy Nickerson
Linebackers Coach

Biography

On January 9, 2014, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Hardy Nickerson as linebackers coach.

Nickerson previously worked with Head Coach Lovie Smith in Chicago (2007) as the Bears linebackers coach helping, linebacker Lance Briggs make the Pro Bowl that season.

During his 16-year playing career, Nickerson played for the Steelers (1987-92), Buccaneers (1993-99), Jaguars (2000-01) and Packers (2002), and was named to the NFL 1990s All-Decade team. During Nickerson’s seven seasons in Tampa Bay he was chosen as the NFLPA Linebacker of the Year and earned two AP first-team All-Pro honors

Nickerson spent four seasons (1996-99) playing under then-Buccaneers linebackers coach, Lovie Smith, earning a Pro Bowl berth in all four seasons, averaging 137 per season, while adding eight forced fumbles, 5.5 sacks, five fumble recoveries and four interceptions. Nickerson was also chosen as the recipient of the NFL’s Byron “Whizzer” White Award, given annually to one NFL player who exhibits excellence both on the field and in the community.

A three-time team MVP at the University of California (1983-86), Nickerson graduated from Berkeley with a degree in sociology. A native of Watts, Cal., Nickerson and his wife, Amy, have three children.

On January 9, 2014, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Hardy Nickerson as linebackers coach.

Nickerson previously worked with Head Coach Lovie Smith in Chicago (2007) as the Bears linebackers coach helping, linebacker Lance Briggs make the Pro Bowl that season.

During his 16-year playing career, Nickerson played for the Steelers (1987-92), Buccaneers (1993-99), Jaguars (2000-01) and Packers (2002), and was named to the NFL 1990s All-Decade team. During Nickerson’s seven seasons in Tampa Bay he was chosen as the NFLPA Linebacker of the Year and earned two AP first-team All-Pro honors

Nickerson spent four seasons (1996-99) playing under then-Buccaneers linebackers coach, Lovie Smith, earning a Pro Bowl berth in all four seasons, averaging 137 per season, while adding eight forced fumbles, 5.5 sacks, five fumble recoveries and four interceptions. Nickerson was also chosen as the recipient of the NFL’s Byron “Whizzer” White Award, given annually to one NFL player who exhibits excellence both on the field and in the community.

A three-time team MVP at the University of California (1983-86), Nickerson graduated from Berkeley with a degree in sociology. A native of Watts, Cal., Nickerson and his wife, Amy, have three children.

 

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