Simeon Rice followed the long lineage of impactful defensive linemen who suited up for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
NFL legend Lee Roy Selmon established that lineage when the Buccaneers began play in 1976. Nearly three decades later, Rice and Warren Sapp teamed up in the trenches and guided the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a Super Bowl victory.
When Rice stopped sacking quarterbacks, he turned his magic and intelligence to the big screen.
Simeon Rice is a Tampa Bay Buccaneers legend
A two-time All-American defensive end at Illinois, Simeon Rice entered the NFL with high expectations.
Rice began his career with 12.5 sacks and a forced fumble for the Arizona Cardinals in 1996. That terrific season earned him second-team All-Pro honors and NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors.
After only totaling five sacks and an interception in 1997, Rice bounced back with 26.5 sacks and six forced fumbles across the next two years. Rice earned Pro Bowl honors and second-team All-Pro honors in 1999.
Rice had 7.5 sacks in 2000, his final season in Arizona. Tampa Bay signed Rice to a five-year contract worth over $30 million, and the marriage instantly paid dividends.
Rice opened his Buccaneers career with 11.5 sacks. Across six seasons in Tampa Bay, Rice had 69.5 sacks and 19 forced fumbles in 87 games. Rice added seven career playoff sacks, including four in the 2002 playoffs.
The veteran defensive end closed his career with the Colts and Broncos in 2007.
Rice has an interesting Hall of Fame case
Simeon Rice retired with 122 career sacks and 28 forced fumbles in the NFL. Rice made three Pro Bowls, four total All-Pro teams, and won a Super Bowl in his 12 seasons.
As of November 16, 2020, Rice ranks 20th all-time in sacks. Almost every player ahead of Rice on the all-time list who is eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame has already been enshrined.
In 13th place with 133.5 sacks, John Abraham was eligible for the first time last year and missed out.
Jared Allen, who ranks just ahead of Abraham with 136 sacks, is eligible for the first time in the upcoming class.
Rice is one of 130 players currently among the Modern-Era nominees for the Class of 2021. The Hall will announce the 25 semi-finalists later this month.
Simeon Rice became a filmmaker after he retired
When Simeon Rice finally called it quits, he took his talents from the football field to the big screen.
Rather than become a full-time actor, Rice instead went into filmmaking. Rice wrote and served as the executive producer on Unsullied, a 2014 horror film.
According to IMDb, Unsullied follows Reagan, a track star portrayed by Murray Gray, who is “kidnapped by a pair of sociopaths after her car breaks down on a deserted road.”
Rice is the producer on The Gold Rush Boogie, a movie that will involve an ex-adult film star and his brush with Italian organized crime, according to IMDb.
Fred Williamson, a former AFL All-Star with the Oakland Raiders in the 1960s, signed on in the role of “Bubba.”