Simeon Rice sure has had an interesting few days. The defensive end was always a bit eccentric when he was still playing, and that hasn’t changed in his retirement — which is now nearly a decade long. Recently, Rice has been complaining that the Pro Football Hall of Fame hasn’t given him any kind of attention.
There’s something to that: Rice was arguably the most dominant pass-rusher in the league at the peak of his career, and his 122 total sacks are really impressive. He was also a key part of the Bucs’ dominant 2002 defense, and perhaps the one component that got them over the top and into the Super Bowl.
.@simeon_rice to @ThePoniExpress on Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks, John Lynch "They were great, but I TOOK THAT TEAM TO THE NEXT LEVEL" #Bucs— CBS Sports Radio (@CBSSportsRadio) February 21, 2017
Then again, Rice is overstating his case juuuuust a little. He’s repeatedly claimed he was the fastest to 100 sacks (he wasn’t, as Tampa Bay Times writer Greg Auman keeps pointing out), and while he was certainly an outstanding player — the sacks alone won’t get him into the Hall.
Here’s a great case for his Hall of Fame candidacy, though: he’s only one of two Hall of Fame eligible player with more than 122 sacks who isn’t in the Hall. The other player is Leslie O’Neal, who had a pretty similar overall career to Rice — except without the Super Bowl ring.