Simeon Rice Sacked, Wronged By Voters

November 21st, 2018


Simeon Rice just got sacked. From the blind side.

I assumed Rice would once again make the list of semi-finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Silly me.

When the group of 25 was announced on Tuesday, Rice had mysteriously vanished. John Lynch and Ronde Barber survived the cut, but Tampa Bay’s menacing right end won’t have an opportunity to hear his case heard in an Atlanta hotel meeting room on the day before the Super Bowl.

That’s just wrong.

Richard Seymour is the only defensive lineman among the semi-finalists, and he deserves his judgment day. Seymour was a key component of those early New England Super Bowl teams that were primarily defense-driven.

Rice came off the edge his entire career, but Seymour played primarily inside. Seymour and Warren Sapp were voted the first-team All-Decade defensive tackles for the 2000s, yet Seymour’s individual numbers (57 1-2 sacks, 4 forced fumbles) pale in comparison to Rice.

“There is no doubt Simeon Rice should be a Hall-of-Famer,” says Derrick Brooks. “Anyone that puts up 122 sacks and has eight double-digit sack seasons during a 12-year career deserves to be in the conversation. And he did this while going against the best offensive linemen—the left tackles.

“Sim is one of the best pass rushers of his time, and he played a big part in making us the dominant defense that we were in the early 2000s. Go talk to some of the great Hall-of-Fame left tackles that had to go up against Sim on a regular basis, and all you’ll hear is how hard he was to get in front of and slow down. For a left tackle out there on an island, he was their worst nightmare.”

Stage Presence

Rice was a master of the blind-side strip and he finished with 28 forced fumbles. That’s a big number.

Rice was at his best on the marquee stage.

In 7 postseason games, he registered 7 sacks, 4 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries. Rice could have easily been named MVP of the 2003 Super Bowl, when he hounded Rich Gannon all day and dropped him twice.

“Simeon was always big in the big games from the Super Bowl to all the  playoff games,” says Rod Marinelli. “He was the missing piece for our defense because he was a guy that could take the game over. Some of the biggest games he had were against the very best players.

“He helped drive us to our Super Bowl championship. To me, that is what the Hall of Fame is all about. It’s not just the numbers. It’s about the guys that can get you to a world championship and that’s what Simeon did.”

To put Rice’s career in perspective, he played 5 more games than Charles Haley and finished with 21 1-2 more sacks. Haley is wearing a gold jacket and Rice is waiting out in the Canton lobby.

Never Replaced

Rice was only 32 when he suffered the only major injury of his career, a shoulder problem that required surgery. He never recovered and neither has the Buc defense, which hasn’t been the same since Rice was cut in the summer of 2007.

No. 97 always spoke his mind, especially after the Bucs let him go.

“The next step is to let my body heal up and then I’m gonna come back like a maniac,” he told me after his release. “I’m an ageless wonder, and I want to play for someone who will respect me. I’m the most consistent thing they ever had over there in Tampa. I played two games more than I had to with one arm. I’m not right yet, but I’ll be right in three or four weeks. I know one thing — they got a lot of big shoes to fill right now in Tampa.”

Heck of a player. Heck of a prophet, too.

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13 Responses to “Simeon Rice Sacked, Wronged By Voters”

  1. Buc50 Says:

    A true HOFer that will never get in. He played for the wrong teams that’s all.

  2. GhostofSchiano Says:

    Does anyone know if the shoulder injury Rice suffered was a torn rotator cuff, torn labrum or some other issue?

    They never seem the same after the labrum or the cuff injury, unless they take a year off and have lots and lots of physical therapy / rehab like Luck did,.

  3. DBS Says:

    This thig is turning out to be as bis a joke as the Pro Bowl. Not who you know but who you blow type garbage going on.

  4. 813bucboi Says:

    rice will get in….


  5. Pickgrin Says:

    So Jason Taylor was worthy of a first ballot Gold jacket (knocking Lynch out in the process) – yet Simeon Rice can’t even get in the conversation??? And Ronde Barber will have a tough time getting on the ballot apparently???

    Bunch of Buccaneer hating idiots voting for HOF spots…

    “Not who you know but who you blow type garbage going on” – well said DBS

  6. Season Is Over Says:

    Rice is paying the price for his attitude all those years. I hope people see this and are not just acting clueless as to why. It is no secret. It is the TO treatment.

  7. LakeLand Says:

    What about Ken Riley?

    Why can’t he get into The Hall Of Shame

  8. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    JPP has a good chance of getting more sacks here. Hopefully a championship too.

  9. Bucnjim Says:

    You can thank the last ten years of Buccaneer ineptitude! Like kicking that old can further down the road. Won’t be long before the entire world forgets we were actually good for almost 10 years.

  10. Season Is Over Says:

    Was Martin the problem Sage? Does this website have any guilt for spearheading the effort to run him out of town?

  11. FortMyersDave Says:

    If he played for Dallas, t team he’d probably be in a gold jacket sooner rather than later…..

  12. FortMyersDave Says:

    uh: Dallas, t = Dallas, the Pats, Elway’s Broncos, the 2000 Ravens, anyone but the Bucs and Simeon would be in the discussion for a gold jacket…..

  13. Belligerentbuc Says:

    Warrick Dunn should be in…He is a statistical anomaly. No one his size has the yards or TD’s. They let a big fat RB in Bettis into the HOF who is expected to run people over and get yards.

    Very biased & subjective selection process