NFL: Chicago 34, Tampa Bay 31 (OT)

CHICAGO, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- A 25-yard field goal by Robbie Gould with about four minutes left in overtime Sunday afternoon gave Chicago a 34-31 win over Tampa Bay.

NFL: Atlanta 17, Tampa Bay 6

TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Michael Vick completed 14-of-23 passes for 155 yards Sunday afternoon and Atlanta kept its NFC playoff hopes alive with a 17-6 win at Tampa Bay.

NFL: Pittsburgh 20, Tampa Bay 3

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes Sunday as Pittsburgh easily beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 20-3.

NFL: Tampa Bay 20, Washington 17

TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Bruce Gradkowski threw two touchdown passes Sunday afternoon as Tampa Bay edged the Washington Redskins, 20-17.

NFL: Carolina 24, Tampa Bay 10

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Steve Smith caught eight passes for 149 yards and a touchdown Monday night as the Carolina Panthers beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 24-10.

NFL: New Orleans 31, Tampa Bay 14

TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Three touchdown passes by Drew Brees Sunday afternoon helped New Orleans beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 31-14.

NFL: N.Y. Giants 17, Tampa Bay 3

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Plaxico Burress had seven catches for 86 yards and a touchdown Sunday afternoon as the New York Giants won a defensive tussle against Tampa Bay, 17-3.

NFL: Tampa Bay 23, Philadelphia 21

TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Matt Bryant kicked a 62-yard field goal as time expired Sunday afternoon, giving Tampa Bay a 23-21 victory over Philadelphia.

NFL: Tampa Bay 14, Cincinnati 13

TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Bruce Gradkowski threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Michael Clayton with 35 seconds remaining Sunday as Tampa Bay edged Cincinnati, 14-13, for its first win.

NFL: New Orleans 24, Tampa Bay 21

NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Reggie Bush returned a punt for 65 yards for his first NFL touchdown Sunday to give New Orleans a 24-21 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bush gained 23 rushing yards on nine carries and added 11 receptions for 63 receiving yards.

Buccaneers QB Simms out of hospital

TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Chris Simms has been discharged from a hospital after surgery to remove his spleen.

Replacement for injured QB Simms named

TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 25 (UPI) -- NFL rookie Bruce Gradkowski has been selected to quarterback the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in place of the injured Chris Simms.

Tampa Bay QB Simms has spleen removed

TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Chris Simms underwent surgery to have his spleen removed after the team's 26-24 loss to Carolina in Tampa Sunday.

NFL: Houston 16, Tampa Bay 13

HOUSTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Cody Pickett completed 8-of-11 passes for 87 yards and Kris Brown hit three field goals as the Houston Texans beat Tampa Bay, 16-13, Thursday night.

NFL: Jacksonville 29, Tampa Bay 18

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Byron Leftwich passed for 167 yards and one touchdown Saturday night as Jacksonville beat Tampa Bay, 29-18, in an NFL pre-season game at Jacksonville. Leftwich,
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Bruce Gradkowski
Oakland Raiders QB Bruce Gradkowski (5) scrambles looking to pass as New York Jets Calvin Pace pursues at the Coliseum in Oakland, California on October 25, 2009. Pace caused Gradkowski to fumble on the play as the Jets shut out the Raiders 38-0. UPI/Terry Schmitt

Bruce Raymond Gradkowski (born January 27, 1983 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American Football quarterback for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL Draft after playing college football at Toledo. He is known as 'The Polish Cannon' due to his heritage, and 'Toledo's Finest,' and 'RocketMan,' a nod to his alma mater and 'The Great Gradkowski' from his rookie pre-season days with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A group of fans at Toledo nicknamed him 'Bruce Almighty', fans are noted of calling him 'Bruce GODkowski'. also called "the Bruce" in reference to the film Braveheart.

Gradkowski has previously been a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, St. Louis Rams, and the Cleveland Browns.

Gradkowski is a 2001 graduate from Seton-La Salle Catholic High School in Pittsburgh and played as a member of the Seton-La Salle Rebels from 1997 to 2000 in the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL). This is the same league that produced football legends such as Tony Dorsett (Hopewell High School), Dan Marino (Central Catholic High School), Bill Fralic (Penn Hills High School), Joe Montana (Ringgold High School), Joe Namath (Beaver Falls High School), and Johnny Unitas (St. Justin High School). As a junior, Gradkowski threw for 1,630 yards and 10 touchdowns. This performance was then improved as a senior, when he completed 188 out of 327 passes (a completion percentage of 57.5%) and threw for a then-WPIAL and PIAA (state) record of 2,978 yards and 30 touchdowns (surpassing the previous mark set by Marino). In high school, Gradkowski also played basketball, serving as Seton-La Salle's starting point guard and leading his team in scoring. He was once interviewed by a reporter in high school, when the reporter asked "How do you feel about being in the same league as some of the best quarterbacks to play the game?" Bruce simply replied "Hope is a good thing, and no good thing ever dies".

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