Simeon Rice was pretty good during his time in the NFL. He played 13 NFL seasons from 1996 to 2007 and had a Pro Bowl and Super Bowl worthy career.
He apparently still believes he can still get it done at a high level, even at 43 years old.
Rice, who played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2001-2006, seriously wants to get back into NFL action, and he specifically believes he can play a huge role for the 2-4 Bucs. Not only has he been tweeting about making a comeback, but the former star pass-rusher even spoke to ESPN about his desire to rejoin the team.
Jenna Laine of ESPN passed on Rice’s thoughts.
“If they want a pass-rusher, they should bring in a pass-rusher extraordinaire who was one of the dominant pass-rushers of any era,” Rice told ESPN. “What is it going to cost? You don’t have one.”
To his point, the Buccaneers are very thin and very bad when it comes to rushing the passer. Noah Spence is now on the injured reserve and Jacquies Smith has been waived after a torn ACL. The Buccaneers are dead-last in the NFL in sack numbers, posting only seven through six games, but Rice believes he can be the cure-all for Tampa Bay’s problems — even at his advanced age.
“With nine games left, [there is] plenty of time to finish with double-digit sacks and a playoff bid,” Rice said. “I bet on myself before, and it paid off. It’s really not a stretch at all. It’s facts.”
At the very least, he’s not lacking confidence, but would the Bucs really take a chance on a 43-year-old pass-rusher? Supposedly, anything is possible, especially if Rice is truly only wanting to help out his former team.
Perhaps he’ll play for a senior discount.