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Simeon Rice

Former NFL star Simeon Rice co-hosts The Blitz football show on 10 Tampa Bay!
Credit: 10 Tampa Bay

Simeon Rice was a four-year star for the Fighting Illini football team, earning Big Ten Freshman of the Year and Second-Team All-Big Ten honors in 1992, and First-Team All-Big Ten honors three times from 1993 to 1995.

He earned honorable-mention All-America recognition in 1993 and First-Team All-America honors in 1994 and 1995.

As a junior in 1994, Rice was named Big Ten Lineman of the Year. He finished his career as the Big Ten’s all-time leader in quarterback sacks (44.5) and tackles for loss (69).

Rice was selected third overall in the 1996 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals, and was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.

During his 12-year NFL career, Rice recorded 122 sacks (20th all-time), forced 25 fumbles, recovered eight and intercepted five passes.

He earned three Pro Bowl selections and a Super Bowl title with Tampa Bay following the 2002 season.

After football, Rice has enjoyed a career in the entertainment industry and lives in Phoenix.