Simeon Rice’s Hall Challenge Might Be Loafing

June 18th, 2017

Picked on and venting

The buzz to get Bucs defensive end stud Simeon Rice into the Pro Football Hall of Fame seems to be encountering a giant pothole.

Rice, who was among 94 modern-era nominees last year, did not make the cut to the semifinal stage, the final 25.

Friday on SiriusXM NFL Radio, co-host and former NFL offensive lineman Ross Tucker was blasting Rice for his disinterest and lack of effort in run defense. Tucker talked about seeing this with his own Princeton-grad eyes, playing against Rice and watching film of him in preparation.

Tucker had a lot of laughs about this subject, but the real eye-opener was that his co-host was former Rice teammate and glory days Buccaneers defensive tackle Booger McFarland. And Booger didn’t disagree with Tucker.

That sure doesn’t bode well for Rice’s chances.

As for Rice, well, he’s in stunned disbelief that he isn’t in the Hall, and this recent CBS Sports Radio interview reveals just how deeply Rice believes he’s getting hosed.

It’s a very fun listen. Enjoy!

22 Responses to “Simeon Rice’s Hall Challenge Might Be Loafing”

  1. Steven007 Says:

    Rice was a different kind of cat. He actually makes decent points during the interview. He was among the very first of a new breed of defensive end. He was immensely talented and as he noted several defensive lines that he was on were among the best in the league on two different teams. Probably not a coincidence. Is he a Hall of Famer? If you go by the metrics probably yes. I don’t remember seeing him get run over by running backs during his tenure with the Bucs. Clearly he wasn’t known as a great run Defender. That may bury him if this is more political than based on game performance. Listening to Tucker it’s clear that he just doesn’t like him. Ditto McFarland.

  2. The Buc Realist Says:

    That statement should rise the greatest in Buc history Rhonde Barber to get in as a first ballot Hall-of-famer!!!!!!!

    We should not even talk about other Bucs until He gets in!!!!!! When He does get in, I would fell set that the all the Bucs that deserve to get in, got in!!!!!!!!!

    GO Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. tmaxcon Says:

    Rice and Lynch are not in the hall because of the ignorant one dimensional Dungy failed. A team that underachieved and was nothing more than a great defense on a horrible team ran by a ignorant fool does not deserve more than two in hall.

  4. chris Says:

    And while Booger stood on the sideline Rice dominated the Super Bowl, Booger and his underachieving, not worth the spot he was taken career can laugh at that too. Schmuck.

  5. chris Says:

    If he was a loafer r, I’m sure Sapp wouldn’t be pushing for his Hall selection. And we’re not even talking about a Ross Tucker selection are we, friggen ass hat

  6. chris Says:

    Ahhh, so I was going back on the storied Ross Tucker career, I figured the one year Ross was on the Cleveland Brown practice squad wasn’t the year he faced Rice, it must have been 2006 when Tucker was a member of the Patriots. Despite the l osing 28-0 , Rice posted 5 tackles and a sack. Doesn’t seem like he loafed the one game Tucker had a chance to see Rice, oh yeah, this was also around the time Simeon was battling injury issues. So I’ll answer the way Sapp or Rice would, who the hell is Ross Tucker.

  7. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    I think Rice should make the final cut of 25 and be debated but for the glaring reason mentioned I do not consider him HOF material. He WAS a one trick pony.

    I do give him credit for trying to repair that image later in his career and work a bit on his run stopping…but he was clearly known as all rush no run defense.

    Which begs the question. Does that bother anybody even if true? Would we not take a DE whose weak against the run if he could get 10 or more sacks?

  8. BigHogHaynes Says:

    There are some Jack Ass’s on the prowl today!!

  9. The Buc Realist Says:

    [Not cool, man. — Joe]

  10. Stpetebucsfan Says:


    Agree Ronde is worthy of HOF consideration but let’s face it…it’s largely because he was able to excel over such a very long period of time…that and his flexibility…all those sacks…and while he wasn’t a scary tackler who blew people up he ALWAYS got them on the ground or held them up until he got help.

    I think if DJAX could have five more years of 1000 yards and the Bucs won two SB’s his career would look really really great. 15,000 yards! Still he needs a title to cement it all together.

  11. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    One trick Pony?

    The man had 35 “Sack-Strip-fumbles” in his career.
    Eight he recovered himself. 58 Passes Defended!! (Rare at the time)
    He was a game changer.

    An sure he wasn’t great against the run, but neither was the Great Derrick Thomas.
    Hell Deion was great as press corner – but should we exclude him because he could n’t tackle to save his life?

  12. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Simeon Rice

  13. James Walker Says:

    How do you get 100+ sacks and loaf?

  14. thespiritof76 Says:

    @ James Walker: You don’t. He belongs in the Hall. As does Hardy Nickerson.

    Just consider how long it took Ray Guy and Ken Stabler to get in…

  15. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    1999 (DE) Michael Strahan (Stats)
    • 5.5 Sacks | 43 Tackles | 2 Fumbles Recovered

    1999 (DE) Simeon Rice (Stats)
    • *16.5 Sacks | 38 Tackles | *5 Forced Fumbles/ 1 Recovery

    Yet Michael Strahan goes to the Pro Bowl because he plays in NY?
    This the kinds sh!t right here – that proves my point.
    The Pro Bowl has been a joke for a loooooong time.

  16. James Walker Says:

    Simeon Rice Jeopardy!

    New England, Pittsburgh, Green Bay, Philadelphia, New York, Saint Louis, and Baltimore.

    What are cities that if Rice had played for he would be a first ballot HOF.

  17. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    IMO he was snubbed again in 2005 (Impact Plays)

    2005 (DE) Michael Strahan (Stats)
    • 11.0 Sacks | *59 Tackles | 1 FF / 1 FR |

    2005 (DE) Simeon Rice (Stats)
    • *14.0 Sacks | 33 Tackles | *6 FF | *1 Int | *5 Passes Defened

    2005 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    • Record: 11-5-0
    • Points Against: 274 (17.1/g) 8th of 32 ← Yep


    2005 New York Giants
    • Record: 11-5-0
    • Points Against: 314 (19.6/g) 14th of 32

  18. Joe Says:

    How do you get 100+ sacks and loaf?

    Early in his career with the Cardinals, he allegedly had a habit of taking off on run plays. That’s the word Cardinals coaches pushed about Rice.

  19. Phil Says:

    Simeon Rice should be in the Hall of Fame. It’s all political. Simeon must have hurt some voters feelings.

  20. Buc50 Says:

    Whoever those Arizona coaches are, they should be taking a “Cersie Lannister” walk of shame. The guy belongs in the hall.

    Hardy Nickerson, I love what he did with the Bucs and as fans we own him big time but HOF…no way.

  21. Coach Says:

    Your boy Fillipponi, should not be interviewing people of Simeon’s caliber, if Fillipponi did not do his homework. Every hall of famer from our organization still sing Rice’s praises, and Sapp is always lobbying for Rice to get in. Our defense was great, but signing Rice elevated us to championship caliber. His performance in the Super Bowl alone was a harbinger of his entire time with our team. Without Rice, we would not have been world champs. Clown boy Fillipponi should have come with a more respectful tone when speaking to one of the greatest defensive ends to ever do it. And on a side note, since Fillipponi had such a hard-on for Strahan….. Rice’s point was 100% accurate. Strahan played his entire year facing right tackles aka aka the worst of the 5 offensive lineman. Rice faced left tackles his entire career and DOMINATED. I was here as a season ticket holder that entire time we went through that run. Simeon Rice was consistently our most impactful player. From his sacks, to pressure that caused quick throws resulting in interceptions, Rice’s impact should never be dismissed, discounted, and like this clown here did, disrespected. He earned that final quip and CBS should do a better job of putting people on air that actually know what they’re talking about.

  22. unbelievable Says:

    Rice should be in.

    Ronde should be first-ballot.

    Simple as that.