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This profile was last updated on 9/23/13  and contains information from public web pages.

Owner and Chief Executive Officer

Phone: (704) ***-****  HQ Phone
Vision Group Realty LLC
10844 Providence Road Suite #200
Charlotte, North Carolina 28277
United States

Company Description: Vision Group Realty is a full service real estate brokerage firm, providing brokerage services to both buyers and sellers of residential and commercial real estate....   more
Background

Employment History

  • Team Owner
    Carolina Panthers
  • Defensive End
    Carolina Panthers
  • Defensive End

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • St. Joseph Benton High School
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Web References
Charlotte NC Real Estate Firm - Commercial Real Estate Charlotte, Mike Rucker | Vision Group Realty
www.vgrusa.com, 23 Sept 2013 [cached]
Mike Rucker, Owner/CEO, Vision Group Realty
Vision Group Realty was founded by former professional NFL Panther, Mike Rucker. A graduate of the University of Nebraska, second round draft choice, and Pro Bowl alumni, Mike continues to make a difference in new business endeavors.
With the rapid growth of Charlotte and the surrounding areas Mike saw the opportunity to give to the community by providing a "team" oriented Real Estate Company. Brokers are Independent Contractors, just like Professional Athletes, and work hard to maintain their professional edge. They share a common goal: To win as a team and to provide excellent service to their clients and make the dream of home ownership available to all.
Mike also believes in the importance of community involvement. He supports the "Pinstripes" organization (ALS), the Muscle Team Event for MDA, Habitat for Humanity, United Way, Bible Teaching Clubs of Cabarrus County, the Lead Safe program, Hendrick Marrow Program and serves on the board of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Foundation.
Mike has teamed with other professional athletes Mike Minter, Stephen Davis and Mushin Muhammad in forming and successfully growing The Ruckus House, (www.RuckusHouse.com) state-of-the-art child development facilities.
Owners/Partners
www.ruckushouse.com, 7 Mar 2011 [cached]
The ownership team consists of four professional football players ( Mike Rucker, Stephen Davis and Muhsin Muhammad), and Joe Murphy and Bob Burkett of J&B Development of Concord, NC.
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Rucker was drafted by Carolina in the second round of the 1999 NFL Draft. He became a starter in 2001 and ended that season leading the team with 9 sacks. He has been named the NFL Defensive Player of the Month for several times and in 2003 he and fellow defensive end Julius Peppers were the only duo to register 10 sacks each, and it was here that Rucker, and the three other linemen, became known as the best defensive front four in the NFL. Rucker finished the 2003 season with 12 sacks, and earned his first berth in the Pro Bowl. In 2005, he had 7.5 sacks, and surpassed Kevin Greene as the team's all-time sack leader.
Rucker is a co-founder of the Ruckus House, a flourishing child development and learning facility. One of Rucker's long-term goals for Ruckus House is to get one in every city, which has an NFL team.
In 2005 Mike founded Vision Group Realty, a full service real estate brokerage firm, providing brokerage services to both buyers and sellers of residential and commercial real estate. The firm headquarters is located in Charlotte, NC, and services relocating clients locally, nationally and globally.
In the 2008 off-season, he traveled to Afghanistan to visit with troops along with Luis Castillo, Tommie Harris, and Sports Illustrated writer Peter King. Rucker made a video documentary of his experiences for NFL Network, stating that if he was not a pro football athlete, he could easily envision himself in the military.
Panthers visit Fort Bragg
www.panthers.com, 15 May 2013 [cached]
Kalil and former Panthers defensive end Mike Rucker then went to the church on campus to take part in a forum on head trauma as it relates to the battlefield and playing field.
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"Awareness and education," Rucker said.
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"Obviously, (soldiers) are putting their life on the line, where football is just a sport," Rucker explained.
A tearful Mike Rucker said ...
www.bakersfield.com, 22 April 2008 [cached]
A tearful Mike Rucker said goodbye to football Tuesday, retiring from the Carolina Panthers as the team's second-leading tackler and one of the franchise's most beloved players.
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Carolina Panthers' defensive end Mike Rucker, right, announces his retirement from professional foootball after his nine year career with the Panthers as team owner Jerry Richardson, left, looks on during a news conference at Bank of America stadium on Tuesday, April 22, 2008 in Charlotte, N.C.
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Carolina Panthers' defensive end Mike Rucker wipes his eyes as he announces his retirement after his nine year career with the Panthers at a news conference at Bank of America stadium on Tuesday, April 22, 2008 in Charlotte, N.C.
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Carolina Panthers' defensive end Mike Rucker announces his retirement after his nine year career with the Panthers at a news conference on Tuesday, April 22, 2008 in Charlotte, N.C.
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this Nov. 11, 2007 file photo shows Carolina Panthers defensive end Mike Rucker before an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C. Rucker will retire after nine seasons, finishing second on the team's all-time tackles list.Rucker will announce his retirement at news conference at Bank of America Stadium later Tuesday April 22, 2008, a team official said.
The defensive end broke down several times as he thanked scores of people, from owner Jerry Richardson and coach John Fox to the trainers, security staff and equipment managers he befriended after spending all nine seasons of his career in Charlotte.
"I just want you to know that I gave you everything I got," Rucker told Fox.
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His wife, gripping tissues, watched from the front row as Rucker reversed a decision made 10 weeks ago when he announced plans to play for at least one more season.
"One of the hardest things to do is to not be in those trenches with my boys," Rucker said.
Rucker said it became apparent that his body was spent after years of chasing down quarterbacks and running into 300-pound offensive linemen.
"I'm done.I have to let it go," Rucker said, his voice cracking.
Rucker, who played college football at Nebraska, was Carolina's second-round pick in 1999.At 6-foot-5 and 270 pounds, Rucker had the combination of size and quickness that made him one of the anchors of the Panthers' defensive line.
Rucker helped Carolina reach the Super Bowl in the 2003 season and the NFC championship game in 2005, and he ranks second in the team's 13-year history with 553 tackles and 55 1/2 sacks.He was also involved in numerous off-field charitable activities and business interests in the Charlotte area, including a day-care center he opened several years ago.
Rucker suffered the first major injury of his pro career, a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, near the end of the 2006 season.Determined to stay in the game, Rucker underwent a grueling rehabilitation and was back on the field for the start of training camp seven months later.
Rucker got off to a slow start last season, but his numbers picked up once he shed the bulky brace on his knee.Rucker returned to his starting spot on the defensive line and finished with 57 tackles and three sacks.
Rucker started wondering if he was close to retirement near the end of last season, having played for the year without his close friend, safety Mike Minter, who had retired during training camp.
Rucker was in tears after what turned out to be his final home game in December, but he told reporters he would wait a couple of months before making a final decision on his future.
Rucker said in February his body felt good and he planned to play in 2008.Rucker also wanted to be in the NFL with his younger brother, Martin, a tight end from Missouri expected to be taken in this weekend's NFL draft.
But Carolina, looking to get younger on the defensive line after being next-to-last in the NFL with 23 sacks in 2007, chose not to re-sign Rucker.Third in team history with 139 games played, Rucker started to question whether he wanted to try to play for another team.
He said he told his brother of his decision Tuesday morning.
"I just told him that I loved him and I'm passing the baton to him," Rucker said.
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But it was clear from the tears in the eyes of Richardson, Fox and the numerous other employees that it will take a long time to replace Rucker within the franchise.
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stjosephmuseum.org, 24 April 2014 [cached]
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