Hardy Nickerson

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Hardy Nickerson
No. 54, 56
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1965-09-01) September 1, 1965 (age 49)
Place of birth: Compton, California
Career information
College: California
NFL Draft: 1987 / Round: 5 / Pick: 122
Debuted in 1987 for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Last played in 2002 for the Green Bay Packers
Career history

As Player

As Coach

Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles 1,586
Sacks 21
Interceptions 12
Stats at NFL.com

Hardy Otto Nickerson (born September 1, 1965) is a former American football linebacker who played 16 seasons for four teams from 1987 to 2002 in the National Football League. He attended Verbum Dei High School, a Catholic school located in Watts, California. He earned a BA degree in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989. Nickerson spent the prime of his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The hiring of head coaches Sam Wyche and Tony Dungy allowed Nickerson to play in the middle in both coaches' 4-3 defensive alignment (Nickerson played the 3-4 in Pittsburgh), sending Nickerson to five Pro Bowls [1] and joining the NFL's 1990s All-Decade Team.

In 2006, Nickerson became the color analyst for the Buccaneer Radio Network, teaming him with the longtime veteran play-by-play man Gene Deckerhoff. On February 23, 2007, he was named linebackers coach of the Chicago Bears, where he coached for his former Tampa Bay position coach, Lovie Smith. On January 8, 2008, he resigned from the Bears due to health issues within his family.

On April 15, 2010, Nickerson was hired as the head football coach at Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland, California, a traditional powerhouse that has produced many future NFL players: (Tarik Glenn, Langston Walker, Kirk Morrison, and Eric Bjornson). [2] During Nickerson's tenure, he led the Dragons to back to back League Titles and was also responsible for producing nearly twenty scholarship athletes in a period of three years. Nickerson stepped down from the head coaching position on November 18, 2013.

Nickerson was named the linebackers coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers under Lovie Smith on January 7, 2014.[3]

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