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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Rice says he's the best in the NFL




LAKE BUENA VISTA -- Simeon Rice is not just pursuing quarterbacks, he is chasing history.

The Bucs defensive end said Monday he doesn't get enough credit for being the NFL's best pass rusher and believes he should've been nominated for the Defensive Player of the Year last season.

Rice is second among active players with 119 career sacks, just behind Giants defensive end Michael Strahan, who has 129.5 in 13 seasons. In the past four seasons, Rice's 56.5 sacks are the most of any player.

"For me, I'm the best in the game,'' Rice said. "They don't want to respect that. They don't like it. I'm the one they passed the torch to.

"Like it or love it, I'm the bar...there are some great players. But they're not me.''

Rice needs only 11.5 sacks to become the Bucs' all-time leader, passing Hall of Fame defensive end Lee Roy Selmon, who has 78.5.

Rice said while he respects Strahan, "He's still not me. Because if you look at what I've done in a shorter time, year after year, I don't have four sacks in a season. I don't get the praise and my just due.''

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:42pm]


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