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    I took out some segments of the article, but if you want to read it in full, click the link below

    http://www.sptimes.com/2006/08/01/Bucs/Simeon_sounds_off__I_.shtml

    Simeon sounds off: I'm the best

    He says he lives for the game but gets no respect, is better than sack leader Strahan and should be MVP.

    By STEPHEN F. HOLDER
    Published August 1, 2006

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    "I'm the best at this game," said Rice, 32. "(People) don't want to respect it. I'm what they passed the torch to.

    Sometimes I might get booted out of the Pro Bowl. But I'm what Bruce Smith and Reggie White passed the torch to. I'm the next level. I'm the bar in this game. Like it or love it."

    "Michael Strahan is great," Rice said. "To see him doing it late in his career, still getting double digits (in sacks), I give him the ultimate love. But he's still not me. Because if you look at what I've done year after year, I don't have four sacks in one year."

    "People will say, 'Wow, you had a great year, Sim.' For me, I don't even care about the Pro Bowl. My thing is, how are you going to have a defensive MVP award and I'm not even (considered)? How are you going to (pull) names from the air like that?"

    "I'm just misunderstood. But that shouldn't even be a part of the equation unless they want me on the cover of a cereal box," he said. "I'm probably not a Wheaties guy. I'm talking strictly football. I'm not talking personality and flare. That has its place: E!, MTV, BET.

    "Let's just ignore that. Let's just honor the game. That's where you'll find me. If you get into, wow, he's an oddity or how do we package this, you can't fit me into a bottle. Let's just talk about performance because performance is black and white."

    "I play to cement my name in this game forever," Rice said. "I play to help this team get to a Super Bowl. I've made the paper. I've got the Benjamins. I've got the Ferrari. I've been places that many people can't even talk about. That's all a (result) of hard work. But to sustain all of that, there's a reason why I play this game: to be in the likes of the great ones. That, to me, is what this game is all about."
     
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    This is how I rate the top 5,
    1. Julius Peppers - Panthers
    2. Dwight Freeny - Colts
    3. Richard Seymore - Patriots
    4. Leonard Little - Rams
    5. Simeon Rice - Bucs

    I have Rice in the top 5, but not the best.
     
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