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Life After Football: Kevin House

One of the Buccaneers' all-time greats reflects on his life after retiring from professional football.


From 1980 to 1986, Kevin House put together one of the best careers by a Tampa Bay wide receiver in franchise history.

He currently stands as the No. 1 in yards per reception (17.2), in team history, No. 2 in receiving yards (4,928), No. 2 in receiving touchdowns (31) and No. 6 in receptions (286). House was on the receiving end of four plays that rank among the 25-longest in team history.

And he will tell you - it was a different game when he played.

"We didn't throw a lot back then," House joked. "These guys today have a lot of fun catching the ball."

House left the Buccaneers in 1986 and played his final season of his career with the Los Angeles Rams. Despite being a part of just two winning teams during his days as a Buccaneer, House had fond memories of his time Tampa.

"It got pretty tough at times," House said, "but it was still fun going out there and competing."

When House hung his cleats up in '87, he had a vague idea of what he would do after football.

A Throwback Thursday gallery dedicated to former Bucs WR, Kevin House.

"I ended up opening a hair salon with my ex-wife," House said, "so we were in the hair salon business for about 10 years. Hardy Nickerson and his wife came to the salon. Tony Dungy came to the salon. It was a pretty easy transition at that point."

"We sold the salon eventually and I've had a couple transitions since then. When I left there I went to T-Mobile as a recruiter and ended up working there for about eight years. I left there and went to Bank of America for a couple years. I had enough of corporate America at that point so I retired almost three years ago now."

These days, you're more likely to find House on the golf course than on a football field. He still is close with his former Buccaneer teammates; they all get together frequently.

"We meet once a month, 20 or 25 of us," House said. "We have a little meetings, get the fellowship together and see the old guys."


He enjoys spending his free time with his children, who were also accomplished athletes. His son played defensive back for the Chargers and Seahawks for four seasons and his daughter earned a track scholarship to the University of Southern Mississippi.

House isn't stopped on the street as frequently as he was in the past. He doesn't mind, though. 

"Maybe 15 years ago," House laughed. "Times are moving on. Little kids have to Google it to actually find out who Kevin House is. But that's all good though."

Almost 30 years removed, he still roots on his Buccaneers every Sunday.

"I watch all the games," he said.


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