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Ex-Buc hopes to be a heavy hitter in real estate

Published October 3, 2005

Ex-Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Hardy Nickerson and his wife, Amy, have discovered there's life after the National Football League. It's in the real estate business.

The Nickersons, who now live in the Charlotte, N.C. suburb of Weddington, have formed Nickerson Realty Group. Far from bothering with handyman specials, they want to cater to the "real estate needs of pro athletes and other high-profile individuals."

The couple knows the territory well. During Nickerson's 16 years as an NFL linebacker, he played for four teams, including the Bucs in the mid to late 1990s. That translated into 29 moves, with the couple buying and selling almost a dozen homes during his career. Total miles traveled through relocation: 66,000 (more than 116-million yards.)

Even beaucoup bucks apparently can't shield such well-to-do transients from the occasional moving mishap. The Nickersons once found that squirrels had chewed through the ceiling of their home. Amy Nickerson, who will handle relocation services, is putting together a booklet of such horror stories, if only to make clients feel better when something minor occurs during their move.

The couple, who met while both were attending the University of California in Berkeley, leave no doubt that they're a team. The company's Web site ( shows the two in dress suits and football pads, lining up for the play.

[Last modified October 3, 2005, 01:15:16]

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