Hardy, Hardy, Hardy........ Fans might not be able to chant the famous name of Hardy Nickerson on the football field, but we can listen to him on the radio.
Tuesday, the Buccaneers have resigned award-winning play-by-play voice of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for his 18th season Gene Deckerhoff to cover the Bucs games on the Buccaneer Radio Network.
In the past Deckerhoff's color analyst has been former Bucs player Scot Brantley. Well move over Brantley because Hardy is taking over. Deckerhoff will have a new and exciting partner in the booth in Nickerson, the five-time Pro Bowler who patrolled the middle of the Bucs’ defense for seven years. I have always been a huge fan of Hardy Nickerson. I loved going to the games back then just to watch Hardy drill some poor runningback on the field. Well I won't be listening to the radio, because I will be at every game. However,
if you can't make a game and can't watch it on tv, listening to the radio will be great this year with Nickerson and Deckerhoff yelling TOUCHDOWN TAMPA BAY.............
Hardy had this to say:
“I did two games in Europe for the NFL Europe League, and found that man,
this is quite a bit of fun,” he said. “It piqued my interest a little bit so my
agent and I started looking around for any opportunities out there.”
“I think I’ll be able to add a lot,” said Nickerson. “I definitely know
what’s going on with that defense…analyzing that won’t be a problem for me at
all. I just look at this as an opportunity to have fun and talk about the game.
Really, since I retired I’ve been sitting in front of the TV every Sunday and
talking about the games; the only difference now is that I’ll have a mic in
front of my face.”
“I’m very excited about this opportunity,” he said. “Any time you get a
chance to come back and be part of Buc family, it’s a great honor. It’s a great
opportunity and I’m looking forward to it.”