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140. Simeon Rice

The pro career of Simeon Rice began in 1996 when he was drafted third overall by the Arizona Cardinals.   Playing at Defensive End, Rice proved his worth instantly with a 12.5 Sack year and won the Defensive Rookie of the Year.  Rice played with the Cardinals for five seasons and had three 10 plus Sack years there, peaking with 16.5 in 1998, which was good enough for second overall.

Rice would sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2001, adding to an already potent defensive corp.  He would be part of Tampa’s dominating Super Bowl win in 2002, and he would again finish second in Sacks (15.5) and was named a First Team All-Pro.  The year after, he went to his third Pro Bowl, again was second in Sacks with 15.5, and led the NFL in Forced Fumbles (6).  With the Bucs, Rice had five consecutive 11 plus Sack seasons (2001-05). 

He played until 2007 and retired with 122.0 Sacks.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Tuesday, 01 January 2013
  • Position: Defensive End
  • Games Played: 174
  • Notable Statistics: 5 Interceptions
    48 Interception Return Yards
    28 Forced Fumbles
    8 Fumble Recoveries
    39 Fumble Recovery Yards
    122.0 Quarterback Sacks
    483 Combined Tackles
    403 Solo Tackles
    80 Assisted Tackles
    93 Tackles for Loss*
    7 Quarterback Hits**
    104 Approximate Value

    7 Playoff Games
    4 Forced Fumbles
    1 Fumble Recovery
    6 Fumble Recovery Yards
    7.0 Quarterback Sacks
    23 Combined Tackles
    19 Solo Tackles
    4 Assisted Tackles
    3 Tackles for Loss*

    *Tackles for Loss was not a statistic until the 1999 Season.
    **Quarterback Hits was not a statistic until the 2006 Season.
  • Played For: Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • College: Illinois
  • Drafted: 1st Round, 3rd Overall in 1996
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Super Bowl Rings (Tampa Bay Buccaneers XXXVII)
    Pro Bowl Selections (3) (1999, 2002 & 2003)
    First Team All-Pro Selection (1) (2002)
    Second Team All-Pro Selection (2) (1999 & 2003)
    AP Defensive Rookie of the Year (1996)
    UPI Defensive Rookie of the Year (1996)
    All-Rookie (1996)
    Most Forced Fumbles (1) (2003)

  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten Finishes: Approximate Value (2) (2002 & 2003)
    Top Ten Finishes: Fumble Recoveries (1) (1998)
    Top Ten Finishes: Tackles for Loss (1) (2001)
    Top Ten Finishes: Forced Fumbles (4) (1999, 2003, 2005 & 2006)
    Top Ten Finishes: Quarterback Sacks (6) (1996, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004 & 2005)

  • Notable All Time Rankings: 29. Quarterback Sacks: 122.0
    30. Forced Fumbles: 28
    54. Tackles for Loss: 93

Should Simeon Rice be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 86.7%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 0%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 6.7%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 6.7%
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