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c/o Breanna Rucker
10 Pond St.
Norwell, MA 02061
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The Rucker Game History:
2010 Bandits 25 No. Shore Generals 0
2009 Bandits 18 New England Hawks 14
2008 Bandits 50 Randolph Oilers 14
2007 Bandits 21 Mill City Maulers 13
2006 Bandits 28 Brockton Buc's 6
2005 Bandits 32 Mass State Warriors 0
2004 Bandits 36 Randolph Oilers 7
2003 Bay State Rolling Thunder 19 Bandits 15
2002 Bandits 21 Glove City Colonials 7
Derrick and Brianna
|Derrick Rucker graduated from West Roxbury HS and the University of Illinios . He was a standout player with the EFL Randolph Oilers prior to joining the NEFL Boston Bandits in 2000. Although he only played two years with the Bandits, his poise and leadership on the field made him a player all of his teammates could look up to in the heat of the battle, on the field and off. His play was instrumental in helping the Bandits win their first Championship in 2001. He told Head Coach Bustin that what made him most proud about the team's play was that it demonstrated to others that an inner city team could play together and win. In fact the last thing he said to the coach after a regional tournament loss was not to worry, that "we'll (the Bandits) be back again next year". |
Unfortunately, Derrick would never wake from his sleep after his workday on February 16, 2002 when an electrical fire between floors took his life. He left behind his daughter, Brianna Rucker, and teammates that will always remember him. The Bandits have held a game in his honor annually since 2002 with the proceeds of the game going to his daughter's scholarship fund. Players honor him with the #31 on their helmets. He was inducted into the NEFL Hall of Fame in the spring of 2005.
RIP #94 Jeff Ibenewenka
On October 12th, 2006 Jeff Ibenewenka #94, a Bandit rookie with great potential, was senselessly murdered in Hyde Park. He leaves behind a daughter and a team that will always remember him for his enthousiasm for a game he had never played before and a natural ability to make plays and his teammates laugh. You will be missed!
February 2008. Justice is served, Jeff's killer is found guilty and sentenced to life without parole!
RIP #72 Jason "Juicy" Mitchell
Jason Kevin Mitchel was born Sept 22, 1970 in Boston, graduated from Madison Park HS in 1990 and went onto Savannah State College. While at Madison and with the Boston Bandits, he was a formidable offensive and defensive lineman. He played seven years with the Bandits, earning 4 Super Bowl titles. After retiring in 2006, he went on to coach the Dorchester Eagles Pop Warner Football team. He passed on May 6, 2008 related to complications to his diabetes, leaving behind his wife, Laura, three children, a step-daughter and a huge number of friends and family his life touched!.
RIP #95 Cedric Warren
DE Cedric "The Beast" Warren was killed in a car accident Tuesday night, April 14th in Charlestown, MA. In his first full season with the Bandits in 2008, he won the Defensive Playmaker Award at the end of the year banquet. He leaves behind a daughter and a child on the way. He will be missed both on and off the field.
RIP #68 Brent "BJ" Smith
Brent (aka BJ) Smith Passed Away In His Sleep in December 2009. He Leaves Behind A Baby Boy And A Wife here in MA and a child in Canada. He Was Only 34 Years Old. He was known for his infectious smile and laugh, but was a fierce competitor on the field. He worked with children, was a chef and coached high school football.