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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have started a campaign to get one of their franchise’s star defensive ends, Simeon Rice, into the Hall of Fame.

The reason for this is because it’s painful obviously now that he is being overlooked, and might continue to be overlooked unless something is done to help his name get to the top of the selection list.

Rice was not one of the 15 finalists for enshrinement that were identified earlier in January. In fact, it wasn’t until 2016, Rice’s fourth year of eligibility, that he was even included on the list of the 125 initial candidates released in September.

Not only is the article very well written, but it’s also beautifully laid out, and coming from a person who is a sucker for visual journalism just as much as written journalism, Rice’s Canton Calling piece is one of the best marriages between the two that I have come across. You all should head to the site yourself and read it.

But, to take a snippet from the team’s argument for Rice, they chose to put his numbers up against a defensive end who is already in the Hall of Fame, New York Giants great, Michael Strahan.

via Buccaneers.com

As you can see, Rice’s career was better in every way – if you consider the length of the career and the statistical averages because of his career being shorter.

But, for Strahan, staying in the public eye has been easier. He’s been on talk shows and sports shows. He’s made cameo appearances all over our televisions, and because of that, his name and his career remain fresh in our minds.

For Rice, it hasn’t been like that, and unfortunately, there’s always a little bit of politics involved when it comes to voting and awards, even when there shouldn’t be.

Bottom line, if Strahan is in, Rice should be in, or at least far more considered than he is right now. That was the goal of the Buccaneers’ piece on him, and I encourage you all to go and read the rest.

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About the Author: Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: trevor@pewterreport.com
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jshumaker
4 years ago

Not going to happen. There are only so many players from any team that will make the HOF. Ronde will make it 3 with Lynch possibly making it 4. How many players from the Steelers Steel Curtain made it?

Horse
4 years ago

Strahan should be having the same problem Rice is having. The only difference is Strahan played in New York and went into the media market. By letting Strahan in just like the Pittsburg fat RB as blocked players like Lynch to be in the HOF.

revfish
4 years ago

we’ve got lynch, barber, and rice with strong cases for the hall of fame. is there any doubt the 2002 bucks defense was one of the top 5 of all time. since that year, only the 2015 broncos d has come close

SaskBucs
4 years ago

There should be no limit on players from 1 team, and comparing to other units like the Steel Curtain and 85 Bears makes no sense. The game was completely different and it is very likely TB had more individual talent on D than those teams. These political factors drive me nuts. Offensive players get in on numbers and aren’t judged nearly as much for the players around them when that probably factors in more on that side of ball.

TBBandit
Reply to  SaskBucs
4 years ago

T.O.?

DailyRich68
4 years ago

I’ve long argued Rice deserved the Super Bowl MVP because he was an unholy terror on the line while the Bucs were building that lead. But the fan voting gave it to Dexter Jackson, because fans are stupid.

jp414
4 years ago

Rice was also smarter and much more self-possessed than typical defensive lineman coming out of college. He graduated Illinois early, and was smarter than a lot of his coaches and fellow players. But, he also became known by team staff as a guy with ‘attitude’ who spoke his mind in a loud voice, although I’ve never read any statements from teammates indicating he was not well-liked. With the Cardinals, he had a reputation of not practicing hard (like Chris Baker, maybe?), and of being a pass rusher only (weak as a run-stopper). He had a couple of contract disputes, during… Read more »

The Anti-Java
Reply to  jp414
4 years ago

Love the guy, but he was/is a little out there. As in UFO’s and that kind of stuff.

TBBandit
4 years ago

His record is impressive, but the guy is an a**hole. I remember waiting on him in Carrolwood and if cell phones were as prominent as they are now, I would have snapped a photo of the tip… $3.00 on $60.00! He doesn’t deserve to be enshrined alongside the men in Canton.

He was no Marcus Jones! I still remember the bar tabs Marcus would buy out at O’Brien’s!

Go Bucs!

TBBandit
Reply to  TBBandit
4 years ago

Plus, who gets sent home from the Pro Bowl?! Seriously wtf?!

jp414
Reply to  TBBandit
4 years ago

Sorry, got to disagree with you, TBBandit. Rice may have been an a-hole, self promoting POS with a nasty cheapskate streak, but that still does not preclude his HOF induction. HOF is about what someone has done on the field, not about what kind of person they are, or if they were well-liked. OJ Simpson is a convicted felon, but his bust remains in Canton, simply because he was one of the best RBs of all time, and one of only 7 men ever to rush for over 2000 yards. The man (OJ) appears to be somewhat sociopathic, and I… Read more »

TBBandit
Reply to  jp414
4 years ago

Well said, TO is probably thinking the same thing.

jp414
Reply to  TBBandit
4 years ago

Not a doubt in my mind about that. And at least Rice and TO (to my knowledge) never placed bets on or against their own team with Mob-connected guys – like Pete Rose did. Rose will never get into the MLB HOF, now.

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