Times links
Devil Rays
Arena football
High school
2006 schedule
home of the infamous Armchair QB board.
Get Bucs, Rays or Lightning news from the Times sent daily via e-mail.
How well do you think you know your favorite team?
Fan info

printer version


By ROGER MILLS, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published October 13, 2002

Dudley hoping to make Browns pay for decision

In 2001, tight end Rickey Dudley played just four games for the Cleveland Browns before a foot sprain ended his season. During that time, he caught nine passes for 115 yards. Yet at the end of the 2002 preseason, the Browns released Dudley.

And the reason?

"Didn't ask," said Dudley, who signed with the Bucs on Sept. 17. "There was no reason to ask. When they make their decision, it's a done decision. There's nothing you can do about it."

Well, since arriving in Tampa Bay, Dudley has proven that talk of his demise was premature. In three games, he hasthree catches for 50 yards and two touchdowns.

Dudley said he likely will have some emotions today playing against the team that let him go.

"You have to be realistic and say you think about it, but you can't let it overwhelm you, nor overcome what you're trying to do as a team," Dudley said.

"I don't think it's dangerous because I know how to control it as a pro. Maybe some guys don't, but I know how to control it. That's natural.

"I would probably be excited to do some things against this team."

-- Last weekend's game in Atlanta was the 100th of defensive end Simeon Rice's career, and it may have been his best of the season. He finished with two sacks and six tackles.

-- Talk about good hands. Keyshawn Johnson and Keenan McCardell have caught 442 and 437 passes, respectively, since 1997, fifth and sixth overall in the league. Jimmy Smith (497), Marvin Harrison (490), Rod Smith (474) and Tim Brown (463) are the ahead of them.

-- The Bucs have won three road games: Baltimore, Cincinnati and Atlanta. The club record is five, set in 1979 and matched in 1997.

-- Consider this story: Browns tackle Joaquin Gonzalez opted out of a scholarship offer from Harvard to walk on at Miami. He earned an academic scholarship, set a school record of 49 starts and helped the Hurricanes to the 2001 national championship.


Bucs receiver Keenan McCardell caught a 6-yard touchdown from former Bucs quarterback Vinny Testaverde. That was part of a 22-6 Browns victory Sept. 9, 1995, in Cleveland.


0: Bucs wins over Cleveland in five tries.

4: Touchdowns the Bucs defense has scored and surrendered.

10.6: Points per game the Bucs defense is giving up, best in the NFL.

17: Total sacks for the Bucs, second in the league.

399: Franchise wins for the Browns. The Bears have the most with 646.


"Just how consistent they are. They do it week in and week out. They do it in a fashion that they see their own mistakes, they know what their weaknesses are and then they work on them and don't let you get to them. They've done a great job this year, especially on first down, eliminating the big, big plays on first down. They're always creating turnovers, and whenever you can score points on defense, you have a chance to win."

-- Bucs quarterback Brad Johnson on what impresses him about his own defense.

Back to the Bucs

Today's lineup


  • Winning Bucs stick to routines
  • Receivers take similar route
  • Chucky's Chalk Talk
  • He's big on Predator, short on planes
  • High Profile -- Anthony Henry
  • Sideline

  • Letters
  • Hey, Chucky, climb aboard the A-Train

  • Rays
  • Piniella starts the ball rolling

  • Lightning
  • Another smashing victory
  • Fedotenko makes Lightning look good
  • Dingman defends penalty minutes

  • Other sports

    College football
  • This 1 left
  • Bulls prove to be ready for prime-time players
  • Tigers keep Gators reeling
  • Orangemen honor deceased tackle
  • Around the state: Golden Knights break into win column in MAC
  • Hybl has tough day in victory
  • Sooners stage comeback to beat Longhorns again
  • Big 12: Buff runs for 309 in win over Kansas
  • C-USA: Second quarter sparks Tulane over Cincinnati
  • Crowd's cheers lift Bulls
  • Despite early frustrations, Dorsey keeps composure
  • 'Canes leave win to fate
  • Jones-led ground attack sustains Seminoles until fourth
  • FSU Quotebook
  • Miami Quotebook
  • ACC: Injured tailback keeps N.C. State unbeaten
  • Big East: Pitt moves but can't score enough on ND
  • Big Ten: Michigan keeps Penn State searching for answers
  • SEC: Dawgs edge closer to SEC goal
  • Pac-10: Ducks outgun Bruins to remain undefeated
  • Gators continue one trend, Tigers end another
  • Called on to carry club, UF defense falls flat

  • NFL
  • NFL Game Day: Week 6
  • Injuries, defense hurt Bears

  • Baseball
  • Giants miss a chance to gain a stranglehold
  • Angels within a win of first World Series berth
  • Thome waits for an offer from Indians
  • Yankees are hoping to build on (insert smirk) early playoff exit
  • NLCS: Benes has new view after injury
  • ALCS: Mays just sticks with strengths

  • NHL
  • Panthers earn win with 10.2 left in OT
  • NHL Slapshots

  • NBA
  • Miami stops Orlando in final minutes

  • Sailing
  • Round-robin 1: a few surprises

  • Gary Shelton
    Gary Shelton
    Gary Shelton
    Gary Shelton
  • Stewart happy to finally be on top

  • Et cetera
  • Highs & lows
  • Sports briefs

  • Preps
  • Santa Fe overwhelms IRC
  • Plant quiets nemesis with two-game win
  • Big kicks decide races in favor of Raider, Shark
  • Believe the hype: Kerry Allen is fast
  • Amerman emerges and Lyons cruises

  • Outdoors
  • Daily fishing report: Tournament insider

  • Letters
  • Series with no Yankees incomplete
  • Back to Top

    © 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
    490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111


    On The Wire
  • Report: UK police officer loses Olympics documents
  • Jayhawks send Baylor to first loss of season
  • No. 1 Syracuse at 20-0 after 71-63 win over Pitt
  • Fisher's late 3 pushes Lakers past Mavericks 73-70
  • Westbrook's 3s lead Thunder past Celtics 97-88
  • Djokovic, Williams into Australian Open 2nd round
  • Tebow has earned starting status in 2012
  • Filly Havre de Grace wins Horse of the Year
  • Crosby to meet with specialist as symptoms linger
  • AP Top 25: Syracuse stays on top for 6th week