Frostee Lynn Rucker (born September 14, 1983) is an American football defensive lineman who is currently a free agent. 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.
Rucker with the Arizona Cardinals in 2014
|Position:||Defensive end/Defensive tackle|
|Born:||September 14, 1983|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||280 lb (127 kg)|
|High school:||Tustin (Tustin, California)|
|NFL Draft:||2006 / Round: 3 / Pick: 91|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2018|
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.
|Height||Weight||40-yard dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert jump||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 3 1⁄4 in
|4.80 s||35 in
|9 ft 8 in
|All values from Pro Day|
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 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.
On March 17, 2017, Rucker re-signed with the Cardinals.
In 2002, while a freshman at Colorado State, Rucker was arrested for sexual assault of a woman whom he had met at a party. An affidavit released the next day revealed that a woman had called police at around 2:30 AM from her dorm room. The woman, who was not named, said that Rucker followed her back home. When she entered, she went straight in to use the bathroom. When she came back, she saw Rucker standing next to her bed naked. Rucker than grabbed her, pinned her down on the bed, and started to take off her pants and underwear, all while the woman told him to stop. When asked about the incident, Rucker admitted to having sex with her, but that it was consensual. He was arrested thereafter, but was shortly released on bail. Rucker had allegedly had other incidents of sexual assault in 1997 and 2001.
In 2006, shortly before the Bengals drafted him, Rucker was arrested with two counts of spousal abuse. The charges were filed after Rucker and his girlfriend were involved in a fight outside a party that he was hosting. She sustained minor injuries during the fracas. If convicted, Rucker could've spent up to 3 years in county jail. However, the charges were soon dropped.
Rucker was among a group of investors that placed a marijuana legalization initiative on the Ohio ballot in 2015. The initiative would have granted exclusive grow rights to Rucker and the other investors in the plan, but ultimately it failed to pass.
- Cleveland Browns signing Bengals free agent DE Frostee Rucker, source says
- NFL.com news: Browns sign ex-Bengals defensive end Rucker
- Frostee Rucker Comes To Cards
- Odegard, Kyle (March 17, 2017). "Frostee Rucker Returning To Cardinals". AZCardinals.com.
- Bergman, Jeremy. "Three players ejected after Cardinals-49ers skirmish". NFL. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
- "Raiders sign DT Ahtyba Rubin and DT Frostee Rucker". Raiders.com. June 12, 2018.
- NFL LINEMAN STEPS UP MARIJUANA CAMPAIGN... Legalize My Pot Farm
- Ohio marijuana legalization measure fails