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August 23, 2011 @ 9:37 am
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Ahanotu Joins Pewter Report Staff

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We are excited to announce that former Buccaneers defensive end Chidi Ahanotu has joined the PewterReport.com staff. Ahanotu, who has played 12 years in the NFL, including eight in Tampa Bay, will be writing a weekly column for PewterReport.com.
PewterReport.com is proud to announce the addition of former Buccaneers legendary defensive end Chidi Ahanotu to the editorial staff. Ahanotu will be contributing a weekly column to PewterReport.com using his 12 years of NFL experience as a guide in educating and entertaining Bucs fans.

Ahanotu played eight years for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1993-2000 and ranks fifth all-time in sacks in team history with 34.5. His 10 sacks in 1997, which was a career-high, aided the Bucs in making the playoffs for the first time in 13 years.

In the 1997 wild card playoff game against Detroit at Houlihan’s Stadium, which Tampa Bay won, 20-10, Ahanotu recorded a key sack of quarterback Scott Mitchell to help the Bucs claim the victory. That monster 1997 season helped Ahanotu become Tampa Bay’s franchise player in 1998.

Ahanotu finished his NFL career playing for St. Louis (2001), Buffalo (2002), San Francisco (2003) and Tampa Bay (2004). He played in Super Bowl XXXVI for the Rams and retired from the NFL as a Buccaneer following the 2004 season.

“I am extremely proud to have been selected by PewterReport.com to join their team of columnists,” Ahanotu said. “Publisher Scott Reynolds and I have always had a mutual admiration for each other’s body of work when I was a Buccaneer and he was covering the Bucs beat for Buccaneer Magazine and Pewter Report. I look forward to working together to deliver Bucs fans insightful articles and columns.”

PewterReport.com publisher Scott Reynolds covered Ahanotu for most of his Buccaneers career from 1995-2000, and is excited about having him join in the website’s Bucs coverage.

“Aside from his ability to get to the quarterback and contain the run, the thing I most admired about Chidi Ahanotu’s time with the Buccaneers was how perceptive he was about the media and the Tampa Bay fan base, and how he was such a straight shooter when it came to interviews,” said Reynolds. “When I wanted the pulse on what was going on with the Buccaneers in the locker room and in the meeting rooms at One Buccaneer Place, I went to Chidi. We are thrilled to have Chidi join the PewterReport.com staff as a weekly columnist and he has assured us that he will bring that candor and straight-shooting style from the locker room to our website and the PewterReport.com readers.”

Aside from being a columnist for PewterReport.com, Ahanotu is the owner of Cigars of Soho, which is located at 212 S. Armenia Avenue in Tampa, Fla. Cigars of Soho is the only South Tampa cigar lounge open after dinner to enjoy a nice cigar. Wednesday night is poker night at 9:00 p.m., and the lounge has NFL games on high definition TV on Sunday and Monday nights.

To visit the Cigars of Soho Facebook page, click here. Cigars of Soho is open until midnight every night.
Last modified on Tuesday, 23 August 2011 10:11

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    Welcome back BIG 72. I will be enjoying your expert view point.GO TEAM
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    Welcome aboard Chidi!
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    Glad to have a previous Buc, now its time to read his first article...
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    Glad to have you aboard on our ship.
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    Looking forward to reading Chidi's column. It's good to have insight from former players. Nice addition PR.
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    To me Chidi WAS in fact legendary in every way! From his play on the field to his personal charisma off the field and his undeniable flair, Chidi was always an "it" guy to me. As a fan, I got to see him a number of times coming out of the players locker room after games and he always stopped and mixed it up with his fans. I am positively thrilled that you've added him to your staff and I eagerly await his comments and POV. Great move for all concerned! Welcome Chidi. (PS: Chidi is one of those guys that you stop and wonder about where he is now and what he's doing even years after he played for the Bucs...as I just did recently. Donny Abraham is another I wonder about...)
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    "Legendary"? Uh, please look up the definition of that work and please explain then how Chidi is "legendary". Excellent player, yes. Nice guy & gave good interviews, yes. "Legendary" is such a stretch that I notice the byline only says "Staff". Guess no one wanted to claim ownership of that literary bomb. Otherwise... I'm excited to see what he has to say! #72 was always a favorite of mine!
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