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  • Tue., Sep. 08, 2015 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM EDT Back to Football Forum with the Buccaneers Luncheon The Tampa Bay Buccaneers invite local business leaders and Bucs fans to enjoy lunch and a 2015 season preview with Buccaneers Co-Chairman Bryan Glazer, Head Coach Lovie Smith and General Manager Jason Licht, along with various players.

  • Wed., Sep. 09, 2015 9:00 AM EDT Buccaneers Academy FDOT Backpack Caravan While getting ready for their own kickoff on the football field, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are proud to also help kick off the school year for young Bay-area Bucs fans!
  • Wed., Sep. 09, 2015 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM EDT Downtown Tampa SIEGE Celebration The Bucs will “SIEGE” Joe Chillura Courthouse Square Park to celebrate the upcoming Hispanic Heritage Month, the City of Tampa’s historic Hispanic roots and the beginning of our regular season! This fun, free event will feature autographs from Bucs Legends, the Buccaneers Street Team, a Buccaneers Cheerleader performance and various food truck vendors!
  • Thu., Sep. 10, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT Launch Party for RED, the Buccaneers new Women’s Movement

    Join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 10th from 6pm-9pm at Raymond James Stadium to be a part of the Buccaneers all-new RED, the Women’s Movement!

  • Sat., Sep. 12, 2015 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT Back to Football Celebration at Glazer Children’s Museum Celebrate the season opener with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by joining us at a special Back to Football event at the Glazer Children’s Museum!
  • Sun., Sep. 13, 2015 4:25 PM EDT Buccaneers vs. Titans Week 1
  • Tue., Sep. 15, 2015 12:00 PM EDT UnitedHealthcare Learning Garden Build UnitedHealthcare volunteers, Bucs players, cheerleaders, and Captain Fear will construct Learning Garden kits at One Buccaneer Place that will teach students about growing healthy, sustainable foods.
  • Sun., Sep. 20, 2015 1:00 PM EDT Buccaneers @ Saints Week 2
  • Tue., Sep. 22, 2015 12:00 PM EDT UnitedHealthcare Learning Garden Delivery Buccaneers staff will install Learning Gardens in seven Buccaneers Academies.
  • Sun., Sep. 27, 2015 1:00 PM EDT Buccaneers @ Texans Week 3
  • Tue., Sep. 29, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Bucs Vision Mobile powered by Glazer Family Foundation Vehicle Unveiling The new and improved Bucs Vision Mobile powered by Glazer Family Foundation will be unveiled at Twin Lakes Elementary School!
  • Sun., Oct. 04, 2015 1:00 PM EDT Buccaneers vs. Panthers Week 4
  • Tue., Oct. 06, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Rookie Club: Metropolitan Ministries LAMPLighters Fall Festival The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Rookie Club, Cheerleaders, and Captain Fear will interact with the children through games, dancing, arts & crafts, and more during Metropolitan Ministries' Fall Festival.
  • Sun., Oct. 11, 2015 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT Treasure Chests 5K Run/Walk & Corporate Challenge

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will host the third-annual Treasure Chests 5K Run/Walk & Corporate Challenge highlighting the NFL-wide Breast Cancer Awareness Month celebration.

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Hardy Nickerson
Linebackers Coach

Biography

3rd NFL Season, 2nd with Buccaneers

Hardy Nickerson begins his second season as linebackers coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2015.

Working with the linebackers in 2014, Nickerson helped Danny Lansanah to a career year. In his first season as the primary starter, Lansanah recorded 79 tackles (third-most on the team) while adding three interceptions, two returned for touchdowns. He is one of only two linebackers in team history to have multiple interceptions for touchdowns in the same season. His two defensive return touchdowns tide for the second-most in the NFL last year, while he his three interceptions were the second-most by a linebacker. Lansanah also became the first player in Buccaneers history to start at all three linebacker positions in the same season.

In addition to working with Lansanah, Nickerson coached Lavonte David, who finished the season with the second-most solo tackles in the NFL (101) and the third-most total tackles (146), while also ranking third in forced fumbles (4) and seventh in tackles for loss (17).

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. Prior to joining the Bears’ coaching staff, Nickerson worked as the color analyst for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Radio Network in 2006. He also participated in the NFL’s Minority Coaching Fellowship Program with the Bears during training camp in 2004. Additionally, Nickerson spent four seasons (2010-13) as the head coach at Bishop O’Dowd High School (Oakland, California).

A fifth-round draft pick (122nd overall) by the Steelers in the 1987 NFL Draft, Nickerson played for Pittsburgh (1987-92), Tampa Bay (1993-99), Jacksonville (2000-01) and Green Bay (2002). He was a second-team selection to the NFL 1990s All-Decade team. During his 16-year playing career, Nickerson started 200 of 225 career games played, totaling 1,867 tackles, 21 sacks and 12 interceptions.

While playing for Tampa Bay, Nickerson was chosen as the NFLPA Linebacker of the Year, earned four AP All-Pro selections and five Pro Bowl berths. Nickerson experienced his most success playing under then-Buccaneers linebackers coach Lovie Smith from 1996-99, earning a Pro Bowl berth in all four seasons, averaging 137 tackles 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 during his collegiate career at the University of California (1983-86), Nickerson tallied 501 tackles, eight interceptions and 4.5 sacks. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, and was inducted into the University’s Hall of Fame in 2004.

Born in Compton, California, Nickerson lettered in track and football at Verbum Dei High School in Los Angeles. He and his wife, Amy, have three children: daughter Ashleigh and twins – son, Hardy, and daughter, Haleigh.


NICKERSON AT A GLANCE

YEARS                                                                                                                POSITION

1983-86                                                                                                     California, Player

1987-92                                                                                      Pittsburgh Steelers, Player

1993-99                                                                             Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Player

2000-01                                                                                  Jacksonville Jaguars, Player

2002                                                                                          Green Bay Packers, Player

2007                                                                             Chicago Bears, Linebackers Coach

2010-13                                                            Bishop O’Dowd High School, Head Coach

2014-                                                            Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Linebackers Coach

3rd NFL Season, 2nd with Buccaneers

Hardy Nickerson begins his second season as linebackers coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2015.

Working with the linebackers in 2014, Nickerson helped Danny Lansanah to a career year. In his first season as the primary starter, Lansanah recorded 79 tackles (third-most on the team) while adding three interceptions, two returned for touchdowns. He is one of only two linebackers in team history to have multiple interceptions for touchdowns in the same season. His two defensive return touchdowns tide for the second-most in the NFL last year, while he his three interceptions were the second-most by a linebacker. Lansanah also became the first player in Buccaneers history to start at all three linebacker positions in the same season.

In addition to working with Lansanah, Nickerson coached Lavonte David, who finished the season with the second-most solo tackles in the NFL (101) and the third-most total tackles (146), while also ranking third in forced fumbles (4) and seventh in tackles for loss (17).

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. Prior to joining the Bears’ coaching staff, Nickerson worked as the color analyst for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Radio Network in 2006. He also participated in the NFL’s Minority Coaching Fellowship Program with the Bears during training camp in 2004. Additionally, Nickerson spent four seasons (2010-13) as the head coach at Bishop O’Dowd High School (Oakland, California).

A fifth-round draft pick (122nd overall) by the Steelers in the 1987 NFL Draft, Nickerson played for Pittsburgh (1987-92), Tampa Bay (1993-99), Jacksonville (2000-01) and Green Bay (2002). He was a second-team selection to the NFL 1990s All-Decade team. During his 16-year playing career, Nickerson started 200 of 225 career games played, totaling 1,867 tackles, 21 sacks and 12 interceptions.

While playing for Tampa Bay, Nickerson was chosen as the NFLPA Linebacker of the Year, earned four AP All-Pro selections and five Pro Bowl berths. Nickerson experienced his most success playing under then-Buccaneers linebackers coach Lovie Smith from 1996-99, earning a Pro Bowl berth in all four seasons, averaging 137 tackles 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 during his collegiate career at the University of California (1983-86), Nickerson tallied 501 tackles, eight interceptions and 4.5 sacks. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, and was inducted into the University’s Hall of Fame in 2004.

Born in Compton, California, Nickerson lettered in track and football at Verbum Dei High School in Los Angeles. He and his wife, Amy, have three children: daughter Ashleigh and twins – son, Hardy, and daughter, Haleigh.


NICKERSON AT A GLANCE

YEARS                                                                                                                POSITION

1983-86                                                                                                     California, Player

1987-92                                                                                      Pittsburgh Steelers, Player

1993-99                                                                             Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Player

2000-01                                                                                  Jacksonville Jaguars, Player

2002                                                                                          Green Bay Packers, Player

2007                                                                             Chicago Bears, Linebackers Coach

2010-13                                                            Bishop O’Dowd High School, Head Coach

2014-                                                            Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Linebackers Coach