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.
#Bucs Legend Simeon Rice deserves to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the game's all-time greats.
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.
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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