Frostee Rucker

Frostee Rucker
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Rucker with the Arizona Cardinals in 2014
No. 92, 98
Position: Defensive lineman
Personal information
Born: (1983-09-14) September 14, 1983 (age 38)
Tustin, California
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 280 lb (127 kg)
Career information
High school: Tustin (Tustin, California)
College: USC
NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 3 / Pick: 91
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-Pac-10 (2005)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles: 300
Sacks: 21.5
Forced fumbles: 8
Fumble recoveries: 3
Pass deflections: 12
Interceptions: 1
Player stats at · PFR

Frostee Lynn Rucker (born September 14, 1983) is a former American football defensive lineman. He played college football at USC, and was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft. Rucker has also played for the Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals, and Oakland Raiders.

Early years

Frostee, named after poet Robert Frost, went to Tustin High School in Tustin, California, which DeShaun Foster, Matt McCoy, Chris Chester and Sam Baker also attended. He played running back and linebacker at Tustin High School and was named All-Golden West League MVP as a Senior in 2000. He attended Santa Ana High School during his junior year and earned All-League honors as a linebacker. He played both his freshman and senior years at Tustin High.

College career

Rucker attended Colorado State before transferring and playing at USC from 2002 to 2005.

Professional career


Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight 40-yard dash Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 3+14 in
(1.91 m)
267 lb
(121 kg)
4.80 s 35 in
(0.89 m)
9 ft 8 in
(2.95 m)
19 reps
All values from Pro Day[1]

Cincinnati Bengals

Rucker was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the third round (91st overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft. He was placed on the injured reserve list his rookie year in 2006.

In 2007, Rucker contributed on special teams and situational opportunities on defense. He started the final regular season game against the Miami Dolphins and finished with five tackles.

In 2008, Rucker started 4 games and played in 11 (both career highs). He finished with 24 total tackles, two forced fumbles, and a pass defensed.

In 2009, the Cincinnati Bengals won the AFC North and Rucker finished with 13 tackles, and an interception returned 26 yards.

In the 2010 season, Rucker had 17 tackles, a sack, and a pass defensed.

In 2011, Rucker had 44 tackles and four sacks. He also led all defensive ends in stops per snap percentage.

Cleveland Browns

Rucker at Browns training camp in 2012.

Rucker signed with the Cleveland Browns on March 14, 2012. He was released during the 2013 offseason on February 5, 2013.[2][3]

Arizona Cardinals

Rucker signed with the Arizona Cardinals on March 21, 2013.[4]

On March 17, 2017, Rucker re-signed with the Cardinals.[5]

On November 5, 2017, in Week 9 against the 49ers, Rucker was ejected after being involved in a fight with Carlos Hyde.[6] On November 10, 2017, Rucker was fined $9,115 for his role in the fight.

Oakland Raiders

On June 12, 2018, Rucker signed with the Oakland Raiders.[7]

Personal life

Rucker was among a group of investors that placed a marijuana legalization initiative on the Ohio ballot in 2015.[8] The initiative would have granted exclusive grow rights to Rucker and the other investors in the plan, but ultimately it was defeated.[9]


  1. ^
  2. ^ Cleveland Browns signing Bengals free agent DE Frostee Rucker, source says
  3. ^ news: Browns sign ex-Bengals defensive end Rucker
  4. ^ Frostee Rucker Comes To Cards
  5. ^ Odegard, Kyle (March 17, 2017). "Frostee Rucker Returning To Cardinals".
  6. ^ Bergman, Jeremy. "Three players ejected after Cardinals-49ers skirmish". NFL. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  7. ^ "Raiders sign DT Ahtyba Rubin and DT Frostee Rucker". June 12, 2018.
  9. ^ Ohio marijuana legalization measure fails

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