Originally drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the third round (91st overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft. Re-signed to a two-year contract with Cincinnati on 3/31/10 as a restricted free agent. Signed a five-year contract with the Browns on 3/15/12 as an unrestricted free agent before being released on 2/5/13. Signed a one-year contract with the Cardinals on 3/21/13 as an unrestricted free agent.
2012: Started a career-high 16 games at RDE and collected 48 tackles, four sacks, a pass defensed and a forced fumble … sack total ranked third on the team and his 48 tackles were second among d-linemen …. started at right end in his Browns debut and accounted for three tackles in the season opener vs. Phi (9/9) … served as a game captain and posted four tackles, including a 10-yard sack of Andy Dalton in the fourth quarter @ Cin (9/16); sack was one of six by the Browns defense for the contest; key part of a run defense that held the Bengals to 80 rushing yards … registered three tackles, including a two-yard sack of Andrew Luck in the third quarter @ Ind (10/21) … part of a Browns defense that held the Chargers without a TD in a 7-6 win vs. SD (10/28) … tied a then-career high with six tackles vs. Bal (11/4) … posted three tackles, a sack and a forced fumble @ Dal (11/18); sack and forced fumble occurred on the same play, when he stripped Tony Romo of the ball in the fourth quarter and Craig Robertson recovered at the Browns 35; one of seven sacks on the day for the Browns; also marked his first forced fumble since 10/5/08 at Dallas as a member of the Bengals … recorded three tackles and was part of a run defense that allowed just 49 rushing yards and a 2.5-yard average vs. Pit (11/25) … collected two tackles, a tackle for loss and also batted down a pass @ Oak (12/2); helped to hold the Raiders to 85 rushing yards, the third straight game in which the Browns held an opponent under 100 yards rushing, a first for the team since 2003 … established a new career-high with seven tackles vs. KC (12/9), a figure that tied for the team lead; recorded a three-yard sack of Brady Quinn, one of five sacks on the day for the Browns … had one tackle vs. Was (12/16), before leaving game in the fourth quarter with a groin injury … returned from injury the following week and recorded four tackles @ Den (12/23) … tallied two tackles in the season finale @ Pit (12/30).
2011: Appeared in all 16 games with starts in each of the final 11 contests during his last season in Cincinnati … also started the team’s Wild Card matchup … established career highs in tackles (60) and sacks (4.0) while also adding two passes defensed … part of a Bengals defense that finished in the top-10 in total defense (7th), pass defense (9th) and rush defense (10th) … registered two tackles and a career-high two passes defensed @ Den (9/18) … posted three tackles, two tackles for loss and added his first sack of the season when he took down Alex Smith in the third quarter vs. SF (9/25) … totaled three tackles, including two tackles for loss, and posted his second sack of the season @ Jax (10/9); sack came when he took down Blaine Gabbert in the third quarter … made his first start of the season at RDE vs. Ind (10/16) and totaled two tackles … recorded his third sack of the season when he took down Tarvaris Jackson in the second quarter @ Sea (10/30); sack came on 1st-n-10 from the Cincinnati 11-yard line and helped the Bengals stall a Seattle scoring drive at the one-yard line just prior to halftime; also added a tackle and two QB hits; marked his third sack in five games after recording three sacks in his first five seasons (37 games) combined … finished with a season-high five tackles, two tackles for loss and his fourth sack of the season vs. Pit (11/13); marked his fourth sack in a span of seven games … matched his season high with five tackles @ Pit (12/4) … recorded four tackles vs. Hou (12/11), marking his fifth straight game with at least four tackles … posted five tackles and a tackle for loss in the regular season finale vs. Bal (1/1/12) … received his first career postseason start in the Wild Card matchup @ Hou (1/7/12) and registered two tackles.
2010: Saw action in nine games with three starts before a knee injury forced him to miss the final seven games … notched 20 tackles, a sack and a pass defensed on the year … registered his best outing of the season @ Car (9/26) when he recorded two tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss and a pass defensed against the Panthers; sack came when he took down Jimmy Clausen on the Panthers final drive of the first half; represented the Bengals lone sack of the day … made his first start of the season at RDE and totaled two tackles @ Atl (10/24) … earned his second straight start and added four tackles vs. Mia (10/31) … made his third straight start and posted a season-high five tackles, including a tackle for a loss, in the MNF matchup vs. Pit (11/8) … registered one tackle @ Ind (11/14) before leaving the game with a knee injury … inactive (knee) vs. Buf (11/21) … placed on injured reserve (knee) on 11/22.
2009: Appeared in 12 contests, with one start and finished the season with 22 tackles, a sack, his first career INT and a career-high three passes defensed … also appeared in the team’s Wild Card matchup … inactive for the first three games … saw his first action of the season as a reserve @ Cle (10/4), recording one tackle … inactive (ankle) vs. Hou (10/18) … registered two tackles, a sack and four QB hits vs. Chi (10/25); took down Jay Cutler for a 10-yard loss in the first quarter, which was the Bengals only sack of the game; four QB hits were the most for a Cincinnati player in a single game in ’09 … led the d-line with four tackles vs. Bal (11/8) … recorded three tackles and his first career INT in an 18-12 win @ Pit (11/15); INT came on a key play in the third quarter, when he stepped in front of a Ben Roethlisberger pass and returned it 26 yards to the Pittsburgh 14-yard line; Bengals tied the score on the ensuing possession on a 23-yard FG … registered two tackles vs. Cle (11/29) and was part of a Bengals defense that allowed just 169 net yards on the day, the lowest output for a Cincinnati opponent since allowing 154 yards at Pittsburgh on 12/4/83 … made his first start of year in the season finale @ NYJ (1/3/10) and recorded two tackles … made his first career postseason appearance and registered one tackle in the Wild Card matchup vs. NYJ (1/9/10).
2008: Started four of the 11 games in which he played before a hamstring injury landed him on injured reserve … totaled 35 tackles, a sack, a pass defensed, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, with his two forced fumbles tying for the team lead … made first NFL start in the season opener @ Bal (9/7) and forced a fumble by Ravens TE Todd Heap less than a minute into the contest; also finished with a then-career high six tackles … started for the second consecutive week and registered five tackles vs. Ten (9/14) … posted two tackles and set up a Bengals FG drive by forcing a Tony Romo fumble near the end of the first half @ Dal (10/5) … recorded his first career sack when he took down Brett Favre on 3rd down in the third quarter @ NYJ (10/12) … returned to the starting lineup vs. Phi (11/16) and registered three tackles and a fumble recovery; scooped up a Donovan McNabb fumble in the first quarter and returned it six yards to the Philly one-yard line, leading to a FG … received the start @ Pit (11/20) and recorded one tackle before a hamstring injury forced him from the game … placed on injured reserve (hamstring) on 11/24.
2007: Saw action in five games and totaled 10 tackles while also adding his first career forced fumble and first career fumble recovery … inactive for the first three games with a hamstring injury suffered during preseason … made his NFL debut and notched one tackle in a MNF matchup vs. NE (10/1) … in his second career game, recovered a Jeff Webb fumble in the third quarter @ KC (10/14) that led to a Bengals FG on the ensuing possession … DNP vs. NYJ (10/21) … inactive vs. Pit (10/28) … played as a reserve on the d-line @ Buf (11/4) … saw extensive action along the d-line @ Bal (11/11), registering four tackles and his first career forced fumble; forced a Willis McGahee fumble in the fourth quarter that was recovered by Cincinnati and led to a FG on the ensuing possession … inactive for each of the next six games … saw action in the season finale @ Mia (12/30) and had four tackles.
2006: Suffered a shoulder injury in the preseason opener and was inactive the first three games of the regular season before being placed on injured reserve (shoulder) on 9/27.
A three-year letterman at Southern California, Rucker saw action in 39 contests with 30 starts … totaled 111 tackles, four forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and two INTs in his collegiate career … helped the Trojans capture back-to-back National Championships (2003-04) … began collegiate career at Colorado State in 2001 and redshirted his lone season there … as a senior in 2005, named first-team All-Pac 10 and was voted co-winner of USC’s Most Inspirational Player Award after starting every game for the 12-1 squad … posted a career-best 56 tackles, 6.5 sacks and logged a team-high 14 tackles for loss … started 12 of 13 games as a junior in 2004, as USC went on to win the National Championship after defeating Oklahoma 55-19 in the Orange Bowl … posted 29 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks … began his career at USC in 2003 as a sophomore backup DE, but started five games late in the season … transferred to USC from Colorado State in 2002 and sat out the season under NCAA rules … redshirted at Colorado State in 2001.Personal:
Attended Tustin (CA) High School where he played RB and LB … as a senior in 2000, named to the All-CIF Division VI first team (as a RB), Orange County Register All-Orange County second team (as a LB) and All-Golden West League MVP … attended Santa Ana (CA) High School as a junior … Sociology major.